Jeff Butler Resigns from CL&P

CL&P will undertake a national search for his successor.

Thursday, Nov 17, 2011  |  Updated 3:16 PM EDT
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Jeff Butler, of Connecticut Light & Power, resigned Thursday after being under fire for the way the utility handled power outages during the October nor'easter.

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About three weeks after the October nor’easter that left more than 800,000 homes and businesses in the dark, Jeffrey Butler, president and chief operating officer, of CL&P has resigned, effective immediately. 

“We reluctantly accepted Jeff’s resignation,” Northeast Utilities’ Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Charles Shivery said in a statement.  

“Gov. Malloy made clear that he thought Northeast Utilities needed to address CL&P’s management issues, and it’s clear that process has begun. It’s also likely that there will be other changes on other fronts as a result of CL&P’s performance in the lead-up to and aftermath of the storm,” Malloy’s senior adviser, Roy Occhiogrosso, said in a statement released on Thursday afternoon.

CL&P plans a national search for his successor.

Shivery also said the company has retained Davies Consulting, Inc., a consulting firm, to evaluate CL&P’s preparedness and response to recent unprecedented storms. Preliminary findings are due in January and the NU Board of Trustees will have final report in early February. 

CL&P has also added a position to lead emergency preparedness and William Quinlan will work with state and town officials. 

The company has also added a position of vice president – CL&P Infrastructure Hardening, which will be responsible for making the electric system more resistant to weather related events.

 

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