After disastrous power outages following Tropical Storm Irene and the freak October snowstorm, and with a new president at the helm, Connecticut Light & Power has unveiled a plan to boost the reliability of its electrical grid.
As many as 200,000 of the more than 800,000 Connecticut Light & Power customers who were without power following the freak October snowstorm were left in the dark for a week or more.
The ‘Two Storm Panel’ is still investigating how to avoid a repeat of what happened after Tropical Storm Irene and the freak October snowstorm.
The co-chair of Gov. Dan Malloy’s panel examining the state’s power companies wants to know how much it would cost to harden the electrical system, even against a storm as strong as a category 3 hurricane.
Residents who endured days in the dark and cold already pay higher rates than any other state in the continental United States.
Union official Frank Sarullo says it’s clear no one is buying a lot of what’s being said by the suits when it comes to Connecticut Light & Power’s response to the freak October 29 snowstorm.
Panel co-chair Joe McGee says the committee will focus on better preparedness for faster recovery from intensifying storms.
“In truth, there’s quite a few smaller companies like ours that could have sent people, had they gotten paid,” said Carmen Campell, owner of the Michigan-based Campbell Electric.
Gov. Dannel Malloy said Witt Associates will complete a review of CL&P and United Illuminating’s storm preparation and response by Dec. 1.
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More than 170,000 customers of Connecticut electricity providers remain without power after Tropical Storm Irene and frustrated residents and business owners are pressing the utility companies for answers.
Heavy rain and flooding Sunday has caused power outages, train service disruptions and has stranded motorists throughout the area. So much rain has fallen that New York City set a record for rainfall on Sunday.