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Jepsen Calls For Investigation Of CL&P

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George Jepsen (Courtesy Office of the Attorney General)

George Jepsen (Courtesy Office of the Attorney General)

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By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Attorney General George Jepsen is asking Connecticut utility regulators to investigate Connecticut Light and Power’s response to last weekend’s autumn nor’easter, which knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers.

Jepsen announced Thursday that he filed a formal request with the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, which already opened an investigation into the response by various utilities to the remnants of Hurricane Irene.

Jepsen received numerous complaints from residents waiting for electricity to be restored. The storm hit Connecticut on Saturday.

He asked PURA to look at CL&P’s preparedness for the storm, how it reserved out-of-state contractors to help with the recovery, its payment procedures for those contractors, and its effectiveness in responding to the storm’s damage.

As of early Thursday evening, more than 406,000 remained in the dark.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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