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October 25, 2012

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North Shore Chapter of Sigma XI Fall lecture

The North Shore Chapter of Sigma Xi, a local chapter of an international organization that promotes research in the sciences and engineering, will host its fourth annual Fall Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hospitality Suite of the Post Center, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly.

Dr. Dwight Tshudy, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Gordon College, will speak on “Green Chemistry and Sustainability: What’s all this, then?” The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Anne-Marie Scholer at ascholer@endicott.edu.

Office hours for Finegold

State Sen. Barry Finegold and staff will hold open office hours on Friday, Oct. 26 in Andover, Dracut, Lawrence and Tewksbury.

Office hours will be held in Andover in the first floor activities room of Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., form 11 a.m. to noon.

DPU to investigate grid modernization

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities will launch an investigation in an effort to ensure that electric distribution companies adopt grid modernization technology and practices that will enhance electric service reliability and empower customers across the Commonwealth to better manage their use of electricity so that they can save money on their electricity bills.

Modernizing the electric grid will reduce the frequency and duration of customer outages due to storms and other events. DPU will also examine how electric grid modernization can lower overall costs of electricity and improve service to customers.

In addition, the investigation will explore the potential for the deployment of technologies such as advanced meters, cell phone applications, and smart appliances, which will enable customers to respond to changes in the price of electricity throughout the course of a day.

Equipped with real-time price information and technologies, customers can alter their use of appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines from high-price periods to low-price periods.

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