Jeff Butler Resigns from CL&P

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

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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