Connecticut Light & Power
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.
The panel created to investigate the response to both Tropical Storm Irene and the freak October snowstorm meets today in Connecticut.
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.
“Many have been cold and many more have been inconvenienced,” Gov. Dan Malloy said. “This should not have happened and my job is to find out why it did and to make sure it does not happen again.”
More than 112,000 customers still without power in Connecticut. Malloy says updated timetables show some areas won’t have power restored until Wednesday.
Gov. Dannel Malloy said Witt Associates will complete a review of CL&P and United Illuminating’s storm preparation and response by Dec. 1.
A.G. George Jepsen has filed a formal request with Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, to look into whether CL&P was doing everything it could to quickly restore power.
For the fourth day in a row, many places in the state are still awaiting good news as electric companies continue to assess the situation.
The president and chief operating office for CL&P says the utility is “still shooting to have 99 percent of our customers restored sometime Sunday.”
More than three million people are without power in the Northeast after a massive and rare October snow storm hit the region on Saturday.
Grandstanding A Concern As Connecticut Lawmakers Prepare For Hearing On Utilities And Hurricane Irene
How many lawmakers might be interested in speech time before the cameras while an objective review of the utilities’ response to Hurricane Irene is shoved to the sidelines?
Several committees of the General Assembly say they will schedule an informational hearing to address preparation and response.
The federal funding will be available to state and local governments and some nonprofits for emergency work and repair in five Connecticut counties. They include Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven and New London.
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.