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Town Leaders Want More Control Over Power Restoration Efforts

The first selectmen of Wilton, Ridgefield, Redding and Newtown reportedly want more local control over how utility companies respond to widespread power outages.

The first selectmen of , Ridgefield, Redding and Newtown are reportedly over how utility companies respond to widespread power outages caused by storms such as in Aug. 2011 and , which hit two days before Halloween.

As per a report in the Wilton Bulletin the four town leaders are asking the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to revise its recent draft report released July 16 (see attached) concerning Connecticut Light & Power (owned by Northeast Utilities) and United Illuminating Co.'s response to the two storms. Specifically they want PURA to strengthen the language that gives local authorities more decision making power on how restoration efforts are prioritized — for example restoring power to shelters and public safety facilities ahead of residential areas. In addition attorneys working on behalf of the towns want each to have its own designated, 24-7 corporate communications liaison and line crew equipped to address its needs.

What's more the four town leaders want language requiring the utilities to clear downed wires from local roadways expeditiously. To that end they are recommending the utilities certify local licensed electricians so they can "de-energize (ground) live wires so that roads can be cleared and opened in a more timely manner for emergency vehicles and passage," according to the Wilton Bulletin report.

PURA's draft report, while recognizing the unprecedented damage from the two storms, found CL&P’s and UI's response “.” Its findings will be taken into consideration when it rules on the next rate request from CL&P and on any request for recovery of costs it incurred as a result of the storms.

For more, check out the Wilton Bulletin report.

Amo Probus August 07, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Great I can just imagine Brennan and Clark showing them how to splice wires, telling them what and where to fix
John Collins August 07, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Boneheaded idea. If shelters are that vital, they should be required to have there own generators like hospitals. Why is it that government, which gives us the DMV, USPS, mohair subsidies and peanut growing restrictions, thinks that it can do a better job of distributing electricity than people who actually have training and experience?
Alethiologist August 07, 2012 at 09:52 AM
This is the same absurd government that is hunting down the venerable American guitar maker (Gibson) for importing rare raw woods used in its guitars while giving a free pass to Asian guitar manufactures who sell the same wood in a finished guitar product.....and we pay taxes to these idiots.

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