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Connecticut Two Storm Panel Hands Down Recommendations

Storm damage - Ridgefield, CT - Oct 29, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

Storm damage – Ridgefield, CT – Oct 29, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

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HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880) - The ‘Two Storm Panel’ called upon by Gov. Dan Malloy to investigate the response to both Irene and the freak Halloween weekend snowstorm has handed down its recommendations.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story


The strongest recommendation was one that came from Connecticut Light & Power on the last day of the hearings – a proposed $2.2 billion plan to boost reliability.

Panel co-chair Joe McGee says the utility claims the plan would boost resiliency by more than a third, but will customers be willing to pay more for this?

“Their proposal was a 10 percent increase in your monthly bill for a 30 to 40 percent increase in reliability of the system,” said McGee.

In all, 82 recommendations were passed onto the governor for his consideration.

Malloy says later this week he will outline the steps his administration will take.

What do you have to say about the response to the storms? Sound off in the comments section below.