AG: Utilities shouldn't raise rates to compensate for outage losses

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

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.

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