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Hingham linemen, 1970.
Fire causes extensive damage to the Elm Street office, but is quickly repaired thanks to full insurance coverage. Power costs are low, and total kilowatt-hour sales for commercial and residential customers have more than doubled since 1955.
Skyrocketing fuel costs make conservation and the wise use of energy a necessity. The community is asked to voluntarily reduce electric use during peak periods to hold down costs. Customer response is extremely positive, and peak energy use is held to 1976 levels.
An energy audit program is introduced to help homes. businesses and municipal buildings use energy wisely. The Plant invests $343,000 in energy-efficient sodium street lighting, making the streets of Hingham brighter while saving 439,000 kilowatt-hours a year.
The first step in a town-wide electric system upgrade is completed when the new Hobart Street substation is energized. The new higher voltage substation allows Hingham to receive power at 115,000 volts, which increases reliability and efficiency while lowering Hingham's cost to receive power. By 1990, the final phase of the upgrade project is completed, with voltage raised throughout town to 13,800 volts.
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