Eversource to Pay High Price for Failure During Storm Isaias
Looks like Eversource customers are getting just what they asked for. The utility company has just been hit with a large fine for their failure during Tropical Storm Isaias.
We all remember last August 4th, Tropical Storm Isaias slammed into Connecticut leaving hundreds of thousands without power for days on end.
After the clean up and the public outcry for action, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority imposed a $29 million penalty against Eversource for what it called failures during the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias.
Now after almost a year, that decision has been upheld by PURA, and Eversource and United Illuminating have been slapped with a $29 million dollar fine.
According to wfsb.com, Connecticut's Attorney General William Tong claimed in the suit that Eversource failed its customers and put Connecticut families at risk and called for the penalty to be paid by the company and its shareholders, not Eversource rate payers.
Eversource customers should start to see some changes on their utility bills as the company will be giving some of the money back to its customers and the state as well.
Of course, Eversource did issue a response and continued to defend the actions the company took to restore power to residents. Mitch Gross, an Eversource spokesperson sent out a statement saying that the utility company did all it could during a difficult time.
Our employees work tirelessly to restore power as quickly as possible and support our customers and communities when outages occur. We cannot control the weather, or the damage that is caused by falling trees and vegetation when storm damage occurs. However, our employees are relentless in returning to the field every time they are called upon to repair the damage and get the power back on as quickly as safety allows. Our focus now is on the future and assuring that our emergency response efforts are intensive and that our employees are safe and secure in doing their jobs on behalf of our customers and communities.
The slow response by the company to get the power back on also led to lawmakers in Hartford enacting added regulation last year to further regulate Eversource and United Illuminating.