REDDING - Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen criticized the state's primary power companies today for their slow responses to Tropical Storm Irene and the October nor'easter. Jepsen says Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating acted irresponsibly after both events, especially the autumn snowstorm that left nearly 800,000 residents without power. He also recommended that CL&P not be able to raise its rates to compensate for the revenue lost during the outages. First Selectman Natalie Ketcham (R-Redding) says some residents are still reeling from the poor response, and that the utilities deserve ample punishment. A CL&P spokesperson says its storm preparation was consistent with industry norms.