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Dante Vitagliano

GREEN TO WORK WITH PROVIDERS TO IMPROVE TRANSMISSION INFRASTRUCTURE – Says extended power loss shows that more planning and resources were needed

WESTFORD, MA: With electricity customers across the Merrimack Valley still without power after recent winter storms, Rick Green, candidate for Congress says he will work with electric distribution companies to prevent a recurrence in the future.

“As a New Englander, I understand all too well the significant challenges that back-to-back Nor’easters can bring,” said Green. “However, the fact that there are still tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power suggests to me that there was not adequate planning to deal with this situation, and that there weren’t enough assets in place to respond quickly to downed power lines. It is crucial for utility customers to have electricity service that is safe and reliable. That’s why I’m reaching out to Eversource and National Grid. We must work together to make the necessary improvements so this doesn’t happen again.”

Green praised the work of local first responders and of volunteers who are still working hard to clean up after recent storms. “It’s gratifying to see how so many people have come together after this bitter weather,” said Green. “From neighbors opening up their homes to friends without power, to those who have pitched in to shovel a driveway or remove downed branches for an elderly person living next door, I’ve seen so many cases of people helping each other. I had the privilege of working with Lazarus House Ministries to deliver food to some local residents without power this week, and I saw first-hand how important the work of this and other groups is to help those in need in our communities.”