Berkshire Gas' current, former owners merge; form new entity

The current and former owners of the Berkshire Gas Co. have officially merged to form a new publicly traded energy and utility company called Avangrid Inc.

Berkshire Gas' current owner, UIL Holdings Corp., of New Haven, Conn., merged with the local firm's former owner Iberdrola USA, the Maine-based American subsidiary of Spain's largest energy company.

Iberdrola sold Berkshire Gas and several affiliated energy firms to UIL in 2010. UIL and Iberdrola had announced that they planned to merge last March.

Avangrid will join the New York Stock Exchange today with $30 billion of assets in wind energy, utilities and natural gas storage, and operations in 25 states. The company will be traded under the symbol AGR.

James P. Torgerson, the president and CEO of UIL Holdings, has been named CEO of Avangrid.

BFAIR begins annual campaign

Berkshire Family & Individual Resources is beginning its fourth annual campaign. Chaired by board clerk Patti Mussina, BFAIR is hoping to surpass last year's campaign total of $17,000.

This year's campaign will run through February. A "Giving from the Heart" event hosted by BFAIR and the North Adams Chamber of Commerce will take place on Feb. 11 to give the community an opportunity to visit the administrative office while networking with friends and colleagues.


Those interested in learning more about BFAIR or making a tax-deductible donation to the campaign can visit Information: 413 664-9382,

Incorporated in 1994, BFAIR is a national and state accredited human services agency responsive to the unique needs of people with disabilities and their families. It is located on South Church Street.