Connecticut State Senator Norm Needleman (D-Essex) on the floor of the General Assembly on Oct. 1, 2020.

Connecticut’s electric utilities would soon be required by law to reimburse customers up to $250 for spoiled food and medicine caused by prolonged power outages. State lawmakers passed a bill to that effect in a special session this week.

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Connecticut’s two largest electric utility companies have pushed back on a proposal that would have them pay compensation to their customers if they fail to restore power within 72 hours. The legislation was drafted after their poor response following Tropical Storm Isaias.

Norwich, Conn., Public Utility
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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal has said ratepayers in some Connecticut towns have enjoyed low utility rates and fewer power outages for decades. That’s because 100 years ago, these communities created their own independent power source. And it stayed that way.

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Connecticut re-evaluates its relationship with power companies following another "once in a century" storm. Also, a closer look into a local utility that held up as a model as a win-win for ratepayers and the bottom-line.

Eversource CEO: 'We're Doing A Good Job For Our Customers'

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Eversource CEO Jim Judge went before Connecticut lawmakers Thursday to defend his company’s response to Tropical Storm Isaias.