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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Does Witt Associates have an ulterior motive?

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Sometimes I’ve got to step back and chuckle at my own profession and our skepticism.  No sooner was it announced Witt Associates is conducting a free review of Connecticut Light & Power’s response to the October 29th snow storm, than we in the media (myself included) turned our attention from CL&P to asking, “What’s in […] [Read More]
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Your handy storm probe checklist

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Two historic storms. Numerous inquiries/investigations. With several state entities probing how Connecticut – and particularly its utilities – handled Tropical Storm Irene in late August and the October 29th snow storm, things can get pretty confusing. And it seems like more inquiries are announced every day. On Friday our congressional delegation asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to get […] [Read More]
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Co-chair of Guv’s S.T.O.R.M. panel not rushing to judgment

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While lawmakers and the general public are piling on Connecticut Light & Power’s response to last week’s freak October snow storm (even Governor Dannel Malloy has publicly distanced himself from CL&P COO Jeff Butler), Joe McGee really doesn’t have that luxury. McGee, of the Stamford-based Business Council of Fairfield County, was named co-chairman of a special panel […] [Read More]
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Sen. Frantz wanted look into utilities’ contracting before it was cool

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After Tropical Storm Irene clobbered the state in late August, Sen. L. Scott Frantz, R-Greenwich, quietly wrote the co-chairs of the legislature’s Energy & Technology Committee asking they raise a bill “requiring electric utilities to make public a comprehensive strategy regarding contracting with repair crews from out of state to supplement their Connecticut crews.” “We know […] [Read More]
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Where do CL&P’s crews of linemen come from?

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Our story from this weekend. [Read More]
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Hey CT forecasters, CL&P’s main source for weather is…

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Telvent. That’s the company, according to Connecticut Light & Power spokesman Mitch Gross, the utility pays for weather forecasts, although it also monitors a variety of free national and local sources. CL&P and some of Connecticut’s weather professionals have been at odds this week over the accuracy of the details of last weekend’s snow storm […] [Read More]
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Legislators have plenty of ideas for keeping the lights on, punishing utilities

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As is to be expected when angry constituents are left for days without power, various elected officials are calling for legislation they hope will avoid future crises. It started yesterday with House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden, who, along with state Rep. Vicki Nardello, D-Prospect, announced a plan to establish storm response benchmarks and fine utilities should they fail […] [Read More]
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