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“Utility companies provide a critical service that can quite literally mean life or death in certain situations, and ratepayers deserve a level of respect that puts them above profits,” the governor said.
“This is not a time to just speak out and then go back to business,” Gov. Ned Lamont said. “Let’s not let this crisis go to waste.”
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.
The co-chair of the state’s Energy & Technology Committee is calling for the head of Eversource to resign, as statewide power outages remain in the 90,000 range, nearly a week after Tropical Storm Isaias.
The inquiry will help "determine whether the companies are meeting their legal obligations and whether any penalties need to be applied," Gov. Ned Lamont said. "The people of Connecticut deserve better than the service they are receiving.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Nov. 13 to establish a commission to investigate the response, preparation and management of New York’s utility companies after Hurricane Sandy, five days after Consolidated Edison Inc. issued an apology for its response.