Friday, May 10, 2013
David Mancuso was appointed to the board Tuesday night, and will take Marsie West's seat.
David Mancuso ran for the RMLD Board of Commissioners in this year's election, but did not win. However, he was appointed to the board Tuesday evening and will be a member until 2015. There was an open seat on the Board of Commissioners as Marsie West had to step down after being elected to the Board of Selectmen. Mancuso was appointed to the board by both the selectmen and existing commissioners Tuesday. Mancuso served as a regional vice president for external affairs for a Fortune 50 company and has experience in strategic planning; executive, legislative and regulatory branches of government; and the oversight of municipal community affairs, he said. He has served as the vice chairman of the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce and is a …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
David Talbot submits a letter to the editor.
My name is David Talbot and I seek your vote on April 2 for RMLD commissioner. I’d like to help provide you with a cleaner and more efficient electricity system. RMLD provides cheap prices and reliable service, but we can do more—and save money in the process. My wife Julie and I have lived in town 18 years and have three children in the Reading schools. I’m chief correspondent at MIT Technology Review magazine, where I’ve been covering cutting-edge energy issues for years. I’ve become impressed by how much more we can do locally. 1: I’ll push to step up efficiency efforts -- on all fronts -- to cut waste. RMLD households use double the electricity as 40 years ago. Energy waste is a needless drain on ratepayers’ wallets, as well as a …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Here is a statement from General Manager Kevin Sullivan.
Thursday, February 7
The following was submitted by RMLD: “RMLD is well prepared,” said Interim General Manager Kevin Sullivan. “We do not expect this storm to rival the damage suffered from hurricane-force winds and trees laden with leaves.” “Hurricane Sandy and other windstorms during the month of January shook loose limbs off the trees and compromised electrical connections have been repaired. We do not expect as much tree debris from this storm.” Sullivan continued, “RMLD plans to keep staff overnight on Friday with all personnel from the Engineering and Operations Department including line crews, two tree crews, two crews of contractors and customer service specialists who will answer anticipated phone calls. We will also have a town liaison to …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Students honored for their prize-winning entries in the annual Reading Municipal Light Department T-shirt Contest.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
RMLD hopes to have power restored for all customers by Wednesday night.
The Reading Municipal Light Department is still working to restore power to Reading and North Reading. RMLD reports remaining scattered outages in all four towns they service: Reading, North Reading, Lynnfield and Wilmington. According to their latest update, they are trying to have all customers restored by Wednesday night, however some may not be reconnected until Thursday morning. According to the RMLD website, "Customers requiring an electrician or a carpenter will need to procure those services, prior to the RMLD making a final connection." RMLD reported that Reading has 25 customers still without power and North Reading has 14 customers without power. You can find a list of streets they are concentrating on here.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
A worker repairing a circuit on Eaton Street was injured and transported to the hospital.
A Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) worker was injured while repairing a circuit on Eaton Street after strong winds caused tree damage and power outages Tuesday night. Around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, severe winds caused a tree to fall on Eaton Street breaking a pole. The tree also broke a pole on Salem Street and roughly 1100 customers were affected, RMLD said. RMLD Engineering and Operations Manager Kevin Sullivan said an employee received flash burns to his elbow while repairing a circuit on Eaton Street in Reading around 8:20 Wednesday morning. According to WHDH, officials said the 39-year-old worker was in a bucket truck on a utility pole when the explosion happened, causing his clothes to catch on fire and the worker to suffer from…
The strong winds Tuesday night into Wednesday morning caused customers in Reading and North Reading to lose power.
Due to severe winds Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, there were several power outages in Reading and North Reading. About 1160 customers were affected in both towns. Reading According to Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD), around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, a tree limb fell on wires and blew a fuse on Colburn Road causing 30 customers to lose power. Those customers had their power restored by 9 p.m. Around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, tree limbs fell on wires causing eight customers to lose power briefly. Then at 9:15 p.m., strong winds caused a tree to fall on Eaton Street. A large limb broke two poles, one on Salem Street and one on Eaton Street. About 1100 customers were affected, RMLD said. Half of those customer had power restored around 2:…
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
RMLD is offering information on phantom energy for their customers.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The following was submitted by RMLD: In an ongoing effort to encourage its customers to conserve on electricity and become more aware of where their energy dollars are going, Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) offers the following information on “phantom energy,” an interesting electrical phenomena about today’s electronics. Appliances such as personal computers, answering machines, electric razors, modems, microwave ovens, hair dryers, TVs and phone and IPOD chargers left plugged in are using electricity unnecessarily when not in use. It used to be that when an appliance was turned off, it was really off. Back in the ’70s, TV manufacturers offered an “instant on” feature so the picture and sound came on immediately, which used a …
John Stempeck is the newest member of the RMLD Board.
John Stempeck was recently appointed to the Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) Board of Commissioners by the board members and Reading selectmen. Former member Mary Ellen O'Neil resigned back in May. According to a recent press release, three candidates were interviewed by the rest of the board, which contains four members, and the selectmen. Selectman James Bonazoli was not present the night of the vote, only four selectmen voted. Stempeck received six votes, and five were required to appoint a candidate. "I'm obviously very pleased and honored, especially given the other well qualified candidates," Stempeck told Patch. He spoke highly of the other candidates and their level of "expertise." The other two candidates were John …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Reading Municipal Light Department is working on repairs this afternoon after strong storms ripped through the area.
According to Reading Municipal Light Department, North Reading has about 300 customers without power and Reading about 500 customers out as of Wednesday afternoon following a string of powerful thunderstorms that hammered southern New England. In North Reading, there is a phase wire down on Francis Street, and in Reading phase wires are down on Minot Street and Summer Street. RMLD Engineering and Operations Manager Kevin Sullivan said there are outages in all four towns that the company services. In addition, RMLD Public Relations Manager Priscilla Gottwald said Wilmington has about 500 customers without power and scattered outages in Lynnfield are impacting about 250 residents. Crews are working in all four towns and RMLD says Reading and…