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Conn. Residents Could Expect Power Rate Hike After Rare October Storm Leaves Many In The Dark

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Connecticut Power Outage (credit: CBS 2)

Connecticut Power Outage (credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The rare October snow storm may have done more than just leave Connecticut residents in the dark for 12 days.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

The nearly 900,000 residents without power may be facing power hikes after utility agency Connecticut Light and Power said they expect the price tag for fixing the outages to be around $100 million.

Connecticut already pays the second highest electrical rates in the country, and CL&P said it will make its case to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. That agency will then decide if ratepayers will foot the bill.

Some lawmakers said if it is proven that the utility had subpar performance when handling the storm, the utility company could be blocked from passing the costs down to the customers.

The storm had dumped up to two feet of snow in parts of the Northeast on Oct. 29. CL&P had to bring in crews from as far away as Colorado and Michigan to help recover.

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