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CL&P Responds To Attorney General’s Criticisms On Storm Response

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By STEPHEN SINGER, AP Business Writer

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut Light & Power has struck back at Attorney General George Jepsen, who asked state regulators to punish Connecticut’s largest utility for its response to two massive storms last year.

In a filing with the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority on Monday, the Northeast Utilities subsidiary said Jepsen failed to prove the utility fell short of clearly understood industry standards in restoring power.

CL&P also said Jepsen has not connected what he criticized as the utility’s failure to more quickly restore power and certain storm restoration costs.

Jepsen asked regulators last week to reject up to half of recovery costs of last year’s tropical storm and autumn snowfall and impose penalties. He said CL&P mismanaged its storm response.

A spokesman for Jepsen said lawyers for the attorney general are reviewing CL&P’s response and would not immediately comment.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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