News : Home generators an insurance policy for bigger, more numerous storms

Dec 4, 2012

Heart-breaking scenes of devastation, stories of lives lost, and homes and businesses destroyed by hurricane Sandy on the Mid-Atlantic coast rightfully overshadow a more pedestrian concern in the aftermath of a storm: access to a reliable supply of power.

But its loss is a serious concern.

Seacoast New Hampshire and areas of Maine also suffered power outages from Sandy as they did from Irene, and ice storms in the last decade have cut power to thousands of homes and businesses for weeks at a time, representing two of several reasons why a local power expert sees a disturbing trend of power disruptions.

“We have many customers coming in saying they’re experiencing more power outages now, either because there are more people on the grid or the utilities don’t take care of downed power lines as quickly as they used to. In my experience there are more power outages than there were 25 to 30 years ago. And with the devastation of storms such as Katrina, Irene and Sandy, people are frustrated with the amount of time it takes for power to come back on,” says Gino Milne, manager of the Newington Rockingham Electric Supply Co. store, located at the southern entrance to the General Sullivan Bridge connecting Newington and Dover, one 10 Rockingham Electric sales locations across New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.

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