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.
Northeast Utilities says Jeff Butler has resigned as president and chief operating officer of Connecticut Light & Power, which has come under fire for its handling of power outages after last month’s 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.
“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.”
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.
Several committees of the General Assembly say they will schedule an informational hearing to address preparation and response.