Lawmakers urge rejection of CL&P storm cost plan


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Congressman Joe Courtney are urging state regulators to reject most of a request by Connecticut Light & Power Co. to charge customers $414 million for costs related to five destructive storms over the past two years.

The Connecticut Democrats told the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority on Monday that CL&P's responses to Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011 and a snowstorm in October 2011 were inadequate. Extensive power outages resulted.

CL&P said its storm response could have been better in 2011, but added that storm preparation and cleanup are costly.

The lawmakers also asked regulators to not force ratepayers to pay for other storm responses until CL&P's parent company, Northeast Utilities, discloses the compensation of executives at NStar, a Boston-based utility NU bought for $5 billion last year.


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