Settlement In Power Outage Response To Benefit Energy Assistance Program

HARTFORD (CBS Connecticut) — A request for penalties aginst Connecticut Light & Power will mean $2.5 million for Operation Fuel.  Attorney General George Jepsen had asked for penalties aginst the utility for actions related to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority’s investigation of the power outages which affected hundreds of thousands of state residents following the October, 2011 Nor’easter.

Now the company and the attorney general have reached what Jepsen calls a “true compromise.”  CL&P will make a $2.5 million dollar donation to Operation Fuel  in exchange for Jepson’s withdrawal of his petition.

Jepson had filed the petition, accusing the company of failing to disclose all relevant information in the regulatory authority’s investigation of storm restoration,  while the company said it did not commit any wrongdoing.

Operation Fuel’s Pat Wrice said her program is “overwhelmed” and said the donation will have a significant impact on the energy assistance program’s ability to help those who cannot affort to heat their homes.



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