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THIRTIETH ANNUAL REPORT

OF

THE BOARD

OF

GAS AND ELECTRIC LIGHT

COMMISSIONERS

OF

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 1914, INCLUDING TABLES FROM THE
ANNUAL RETURNS FOR THE YEAR ENDING

JUNE 30, 1914.

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BOSTON:
WRIGHT & POTTER PRINTING CO., STATE PRINTERS,

32 DERNE STREET.

1915.

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Board of Gas and Electric Light Commissioners respectfully submits its thirtieth annual report.

On Nov. 21, 1914, Forrest Edson Barker of Worcester, for twenty years chairman of the Board, died in Washington while in attendance in his official capacity upon the annual convention of the National Association of Railway Commissioners. As a member of the Legislature he drafted the bill creating the Board. He was appointed in 1885 one of its original members, and served continuously up to the time of his death. The permanent record of his invaluable contribution to the supervision and regulation of public utilities appears in these thirty volumes of the Board's annual reports. His associates record this change in the Board's personnel with sorrow, but with grateful appreciation of the enduring character of his long public service.

Returns for the year ending June 30, 1914, have been made to the Board by sixty-seven incorporated gas companies, fiftythree incorporated electric light companies and nineteen persons, associations or manufacturing corporations engaged in making or selling gas or electricity for light or heat. Of the gas companies making returns, twenty-two supplied both gas and electricity. Of the persons, associations or manufacturing corporations mentioned above, eight were engaged in manufacturing gas only, and eleven in supplying electricity only. Four gas companies made returns, but did no business during

Of those making returns, two companies and one association ceased doing business during the year.

Returns for the same period have been made to the Board by the proper officials of three cities and thirty-four towns

the year.

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