Review of Utility Prep for Sandy Underway

Friday, Nov 16, 2012  |  Updated 12:07 PM EDT
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The agency that oversees utility companies in the state of Connecticut is beginning its review of local power and gas companies’ preparation for and response to Superstorm Sandy last month.

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority investigation will look into Connecticut Light and Power Company, United Illuminating, Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation, Yankee Gas Services Company and The Southern Connecticut Gas Company. 

Legislation requires PURA to review utility company performance when more than 10 per cent of an electric distribution company’s customers are without service for more than 48 consecutive hours, which happened during the last storm.

PURA will investigate the state’s telecommunications companies, cable television providers’ and water companies’ performance in a separate proceeding, according to a news release.

To provide comments about your experience with the electric and natural gas utility companies in the aftermath of Storm Sandy, you can do so at a public hearing, through the PURA web filing system at www.ct.gov/pura, or by email at dpuc.executivesecretary@po.state.ct.us.

You can also send written comments to:
Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
Executive Secretary’s Office
10 Franklin Square,
New Britain, CT 06051

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