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Conn. Regulators To Review Utility’s Tech Job Cuts

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Regulators in Connecticut will review the decision by Northeast Utilities to eliminate 200 information technology jobs.

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority told state Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz on Thursday it will schedule a hearing.

The two state officials asked regulators to consider how the loss of the IT jobs could affect storm readiness, response and communication.

Northeast Utilities said in October it will cut 200 jobs while keeping another 200. The Hartford-based utility says much of its work monitoring the grid and responding to storms will continue to be done in Connecticut

Several state lawmakers criticized the job cuts as a loss of well-paid, high-skill jobs in Connecticut.

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