The state’s largest utilities, which were heavily criticized for slow responses to major storms last year, appear to be repairing lines and restoring power at a faster pace as the state recovers from widespread damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. National Grid, for example, had by Tuesday restored electricity to roughly half of the 237,000 customers whose lights went out at the storm’s peak. NStar has restored nearly 68 percent of the 162,000 customers who lost power.
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