HARTFORD, Conn. - (AP) - The president and chief operating officerof Connecticut Light & Power has resigned as the company continuesto come under fire for its handling of power outages after lastmonth's snowstorm.

Northeast Utilities officials say Jeffrey Butler resignedThursday and that they are launching a national search for hissuccessor.

Butler and others at CL&P have been criticized by customers,state officials and members of Connecticut's congressionaldelegation for perceived delays in restoring power after lastmonth's storm.

More than 800,000 customers lost power, and some were out for upto 10 days.

Butler joined Berlin-based CL&P in 2009 after 27 years PacificGas and Electric Company in San Francisco. Gov. asking for federal help restoring powerMore than 500,000 remain without power in CT