Connecticut Light and Power
Connecticut’s Department of Transportation and the state’s largest electric utility, armed with millions of dollars in extra resources, are both aggressively taking chain saws to many of the state’s trees– the main culprits in last year’s storms that left roads blocked and thousands of residents without power for days.
Connecticut Light & Power says roughly 192,000 customers who experienced extended outages following an October snow storm will receive credits in next month’s bills.
South Windsor Police have arrested two men accused of trying to steal copper wire from a Connecticut Light and Power substation early Saturday.
As Connecticut first began digging out from a major October snowstorm, its largest electric utility fielded as many as a half-million calls per day from customers who were angry and frustrated over widespread power outages.
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.”
A rare October snow storm that caused record-breaking power outages could lead to increased electricity costs in Connecticut, where residents who endured days in the dark and cold already pay higher rates than any other state in the continental United States.
The pressure on Connecticut Light & Power intensified Friday with the governor announcing an independent investigation of the utility’s response to last week’s winter storm outages and a local fire department claiming the company’s response has led to safety issues.
As cleanup and power restoration continues after Tropical Storm Irene hit the state, Connecticut Light and Power is reminding customers that damage to customer-owned equipment must be repaired by licensed professional electricians before CL&P crews can connect power lines to the home.
Utility crews in Connecticut restored power to more than 80,000 customers in the past 24 hours, dropping the number of outages below 200,000 in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.
The town of Westport will be the first municipality to receive an electric car-charging station as part of a Connecticut Light & Power research project.