Jepsen Wants CL&P To Pay Substantial Fines For October Storm Response

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Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) was imprudent in its preparation for and response to Tropical Storm Irene and the October Nor’easter and should face meaningful penalties, according to Attorney General George Jepsen in a brief filed Monday in the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) investigation into utility companies’ responses to the two storms.

 

“CL&P failed to prepare for major weather events, failed in its assessments and failed to adequately communicate with the public and public officials,” the Attorney General said. “The company’s ‘worst-case scenario’ emergency response plan only prepared for 100,000 power outages; they had no plan whatsoever for outages on the scale that we saw not once in 2011, but twice.”

 

Attorney General Jepsen said, “Connecticut residents and businesses were left stranded in the wake of two of the largest storm-related power outages to ever affect our state because of CL&P’s failures. Any costs related to CL&P’s imprudence should in no way be passed on to ratepayers.”

 

Attorney General Jepsen is calling on regulators to disallow recovery of any storm-related costs that resulted from CL&P’s imprudent conduct.


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