Connecticut's Power Company Comes Under Fire As Thousands Remain In The Dark

Steve Burns
August 10, 2020 - 8:21 pm
Ned Lamont

Patrick Raycraft/Hartford Courant/TNS/Sipa USA


HARTFORD, Conn. (WCBS 880) — Eversource's performance is coming under fire in Connecticut and the utility could be facing more scrutiny in the future. 

Calls have been growing in Connecticut for the resignation of Eversource CEO James Judge, but Gov. Ned Lamont doesn't think it would make much of a difference.

“Every 2 or 3 years there's a new CEO and it's the same old story,” he said.

Lamont insists real changes will come from performance bases incentives.

"If you do really well you deserve a better rate of return.  And if you don't perform,” Lamont said. “If you leave tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of people without service for days on end – now we're coming up to a week – there should be penalties to pay.”

Lamont is also encouraging Eversource to give out rebates or as con ed has done, reimburse customers for spoiled food.  

Some lawmakers have also called for Eversource to be dismantled.  Lamont says he's not sure what that would mean.

“Whether having 10 little electric utilities rather than Eversource is something that's going to require a lot more study.”

The residents have been left without power in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias. 

New Jersey and New York are facing similar issues. On Long Island, lawmakers have already taken to grilling PSEG Long Island officials about why thousands of residents remain without power nearly a week after the storm. 

Gov. Lamont is hoping changes will come to Connecticut’s utility to ensure problems like this do not happen in the future.

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