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The legislation requires utilities to credit residential customers $125 a day for service outages more than 72 hours after an emergency, except for emergencies causing outages that involve more than 870,000 customers.
“I agree I’m extremely well compensated,” Eversource head James J. Judge said about the $19.8 million he was paid last year. “I know how well I’m paid. I also know that the compensation is very much in line with CEOs of similar sized utilities.”
“As this was an act of nature, we don’t provide reimbursement," an Eversource spokesman said, "but we encourage our customers to reach out to their insurance carrier to see if it’s in their homeowner’s or renter’s policy.”
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has asked Eversource to provide refunds to customers and hold off on rate increases and/or charges for restoring power; Eversource Chairman, President and CEO James J. Judge declined, the senator said.