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MassUtilities MapThis is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Office of Geographic Information (MassGIS).

Are you curious which electricity providers are available in your town? What about cable? Now you can find out at a glance.

The MassUtilities Map

MassGIS recently updated the maps of natural gas, electric, and cable television providers for every municipality in the Bay State, using data provided by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) and the Department of Telecommunications and Cable (DTC).

We frequently receive requests for the most current utility data and maps from alternative energy installation companies, other GIS users, and residents. The maps hadn’t been updated in a couple of years.

Our staff researched sources on the DPU and DTC websites. After locating and downloading that data, we layered it on top of the MassGIS town boundaries to create three new maps, which we then used to create an interactive online viewer.

We noticed some interesting things as we processed the new data. Very few of the updates come from entirely new service territories for utility providers or cable companies. Instead, most of the changes relate to providers rebranding — for example, NSTAR’s switch to Eversource Energy. Additionally, several towns have two natural gas or electricity providers, but they are divided geographically within the town and do not compete.

How to Use the MassUtilities Map

You can view the interactive MassUtilities map online or, if you have GIS software, download individual layers of electricity providers, natural gas providers, or cable companies. To use the interactive map:

  • Click the type of provider you’d like to view in the top left navigation
  • Click on a town and a pop-up will appear with the available provider(s)

Once you’re viewing the data for a particular municipality, a legend will appear that shows the distribution of all of the providers across the Commonwealth.

Stay tuned for more helpful maps from MassGIS for residents, businesses, and researchers. Tweet us @MassGIS with questions about this map or suggestions for what we should tackle next.

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