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Connecticut backs $300 million utility storm plan

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm •  Published: January 16, 2013

Critics faulted CL&P for slow response after two major storms in 2011 — Hurricane Irene, which arrived as a tropical storm, and a destructive early-season snow storm in October. Superstorm Sandy pounded the Northeast last October. Power was out for days after the freak autumn snow storm.

Dennis Schain, a spokesman for the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, said state officials established conditions as part of Connecticut's approval of Northeast Utilities' $5 billion purchase last year of Boston-based NStar. One condition required CL&P to submit for state approval a plan to improve the resilience of the grid, he said.

Regulatory approval and the utility's plan move Connecticut "a step closer to a strong and sustained effort to help make it more certain that the lights stay on when bad storms hit," Schain said.