Connecticut officials announced a settlement with Eversource on Friday. In response to electrical utilities in the tropical storm Asia in 2020.Which left thousands without power for days.
Under the agreement, Eversource has agreed to return 10 103.4 million to customers and provide more accountability during future storms, Gov. Ned Lemont and Attorney General William Tong announced in the governor’s office. It has also agreed not to apply for a rate increase until January 2023, for rates that will not apply until at least January 2024.
“With this settlement, rate payers receive some reasonably deserved relief in the short term, and more protection in the long run than when this happens again,” Government Need Lemont said in a statement.
Storm Hit Connecticut on August 4, 2020., With rain and strong winds, leaving about 800,000 utility users at their peak without electricity.
Local officials complained that the lack of contact with the utility made it difficult for residents to tell when or where staff would come to restore power. Many towns did not see utility trucks for more than two days and some were in the dark for more than a week.
Under the agreement, ورس 65 million in Eversource funds is to be repaid immediately to consumers in the form of credits on December and January electricity bills. The company said ڈالر 10 million would be used to help consumers who have difficulty paying their utility bills.
The governor’s office said the average customer would see a total credit of $ 35.
The agreement would require Eversource to appoint a new president of its state operations, Connecticut Light and Power, improve local control and add new seats to its governing board for Connecticut representatives.
Eversource officials, who defended their storm response and said power had been restored as soon as possible, also agreed not to appeal the 28 28.4 million fine imposed by Connecticut regulators. What’s more, those who found the answer to Asia insufficient.
Eversource spokeswoman Tracia Modfica said the deal reflected the company’s deep commitment to Connecticut, and would provide tangible relief as customers continue to tackle the Cove 19 and prepare for the winter.
“We have learned valuable lessons as a result of Tropical Storm Asia and we have made many improvements that have changed the way we communicate during storms,” he said. “We aim to conquer ‘hearts and minds’ in Connecticut, demonstrating our commitment to both customers and the Connecticut leadership, when we must work together to deliver a new clean energy future.” “