Interesting opinion piece in the Boston Globe on how municipal power companies, like Wellesley Municipal Light Plant, have fortified their services by using something called spacer cables to prevent wires and power from getting hit as hard when storms strike and trees go down.
From the piece:
“If a tree falls, it’s less likely to knock the power out,’’ said superintendent Donald Newell of the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant.
Public power companies like Nstar (which serves our street on the edge of Wellesley) and National Grid use spacer cables as well, but across a much lower percentage of their plant. Spacer cables cost more than the alternative, but the question raised in the piece is whether the investment would be worth it in light of some of the extended outages we’ve seen in the area of late.