CT lawmakers draft bill that would make utilities pay customers for extended outages

Connecticut lawmakers want to crack down on the state's electric companies after nearly 1 million people lost power during Tropical Storm Isaias.

News 12 Staff

Aug 17, 2020, 9:12 PM

Updated 1,407 days ago

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Connecticut lawmakers want to crack down on the state's electric companies after nearly 1 million people lost power during Tropical Storm Isaias.
"On the Saturday after the storm, there were 40+ bucket trucks with crews sitting at Waterford High School all day with no direction on where to go, and people were still out of power," says state Sen. Paul Formica.
The Take Back Our Grid Act would force power companies to pay customers up to $500 each day for extended outages.
Lawmakers also want a two-year freeze on rates and a review of staffing levels.
"I'd like to get to the bottom of what the numbers are. And the numbers are really, really telling," says state Sen. Norm Needleman.
Lawmakers plan to grill electric providers on the response to Isaias and new transmission fee hikes at a hearing next Monday.
United Illuminating says, "We are open to a robust dialogue about how we can improve storm readiness and response, while mitigating the impact of major storms on customers."
Eversource says it is cooperating with a state investigation.
"As always with storms, after storms, there will be a thorough review with PURA that we will fully engage in and provide information on our preparedness, our response," says Eversource spokesperson Tricia Modifica.
To sign up to testify during the hearing, click here.
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