In a draft decision released Tuesday, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) called Connecticut Light & Power's response to Tropical Storm Irene and the October snow storm "deficient and inadequate" and said its findings will be a factor when it rules on the next rate request from CL&P.
The draft decision also provided an incentive for CL&P to strengthen its preparation for future storms. PURA said it will “consider and weigh the extent to which CL&P has recognized its shortcomings and taken concrete, measurable steps to embrace the need for aggressive, extensive restructuring of both its attitude toward storm management and establishment of new practices for execution of future storm response.”
PURA's decision ordered CL&P to develop a plan to establish a “heightened state of readiness” in preparation for future storms and to take steps to address issues such as tree trimming, communications and securing mutual assistance.
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