Jepsen calls for more penalties on CL&P for 2011 storm failures

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Attorney General George Jepsen filed a petition with the Public Utility Regulatory Authority calling for more penalties against Connecticut Light & Power for failing to disclose emails and other notes related to investigations into the company’ power restoration efforts after Hurricane Irene and an October Nor’easter in 2011.

The AG said during an investigation into the company he and other investigators requested all emails and notes about storm restoration. But the company failed to turn over certain email correspondence between people heading the restoration efforts in towns and management. One email called restoration projections in November after the Nor’easter as, “quite the work of fiction.”

Indications from supervisors leading the restoration efforts were that the damage was quite extensive and recovery would take longer than normal.

Many people were without power for more than a week after the storm and the company was widely criticized for this and for their communication with customers and towns.

CL&P is seeking more than $400 million in storm-recovery related costs for 2011 and 2012.

CL&P is a subsidiary of Northeast Utilities, the state’s largest utility and one of the largest in New England. Shares of NU were down 8 cents to $43.75 in Tuesday morning trading.

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Rob Varnon

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