Governor Dannel Malloy says Connecticut got through Wednesday’s winter storm in better shape than some nearby states. He says both Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating will be sending utility crews to Pennsylvania, to help restore electricity to some 650,000 customers there.
New England’s electric grid operator is warning that shutdowns of old power plants in the region are reducing supply and driving up prices.
State regulators have cut nearly $50 million from a request by Connecticut’s largest utility for ratepayers to pay for recovery from five destructive storms.
For decades, conventional wisdom has held that when it comes to electric utilities, bigger is better. But after the widely criticized response to two major storms last year, Connecticut is exploring whether small, municipal utilities should take on more of the work done by investor-owned companies.
Connecticut utility companies say all polling places in the state will have power on Election Day on Tuesday, although some might be running on generator power.
Utilities and governments along the East Coast are working to head off long-term power failures as forecasters predict a major storm to hit the region early next
Workers at Connecticut’s largest utility may inch closer to a strike when they vote Thursday and Friday on a contract offer that the union’s leadership has recommended be rejected.
Connecticut regulators say Connecticut Light & Power’s response to two destructive storms last year was inadequate and its performance will be a factor in requests for rate increases.
Connecticut’s attorney general is criticizing the state’s two major utilities over last fall’s snowstorm cleanup and wants state regulators to reject some reimbursements.
Members of the General Assembly are due to discuss proposed minimum standards for utility restoration after emergencies.