HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The embattled former president and chief operating officer of Connecticut Light & Power says he is proud of its employees for their response to two recent major storm-related outages, but there are still “lessons to be learned.”

Jeffrey Butler issued the statement Friday through CL&P’s parent company, Northeast Utilities, one day after resigning from the position he had held since 2009.

Butler fielded criticism from customers, state officials and municipal leaders when hundreds of thousands were left without power for more than a week after the rare October snowstorm.

That came two months after widespread, lengthy outages from the remnants of Hurricane Irene.

Butler said Friday that CL&P will emerge stronger from the reviews currently under way, and that he stepped down to avoid being a distraction to that effort.

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


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