Slifka said he believes the blacked-out words, coupled with plans for a meeting CL&P is trying to arrange in town, indicate that many residents can expect to be in the dark for several days beyond CL&P’s self-imposed power restoration deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, he said. Collins could not be reached for comment. In Avon, Town Manager Brandon Robertson said he was fed up. “We were promised crews, and they never showed up. We are mad. Municipal officials, residents … are looking for results.”
Call For Federal Investigation Six of the seven members of the state’s U.S. congressional delegation signed a letter Friday that requested an investigation into CL&P’s response to the storm.
The legislators, including Blumenthal and U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, asked Jon Wellinghoff, the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, to decide whether Northeast Utilities — CL&P’s parent company — violated the Energy Policy Act of 2005 because NU restored power to other Northeast states faster than to Connecticut.
“We are also deeply troubled by the reliability of the electric system in Connecticut, as this is the second major power disruption in the last two months. It has also come to our attention that utility customers in the State of Connecticut waited longer than any other state to have their power restored,” the letter states. “As a result, we request that you investigate Connecticut Light & Power and Northeast Utilities for any potential violations of Section 215 of the Federal Power Act.”
Special Legislative Session?
State House Republican leader Lawrence Cafero is calling for a special session in December to deal with proposals raised so far and with others.
Cafero cites the bipartisan session on jobs, held on Oct. 26, just days before the fall snowstorm that caused the widespread power failure, as a model.
“Knowing that the legislature will not be in regular session until February, we should come back in special session by December to pass legislation that will bolster our state’s response to natural disasters and shorten the time anyone is without power,’’ Cafero said. “We just demonstrated we could do that quickly with the jobs package we passed, and we need to take action now on emergency preparedness initiatives.’’
Among the proposals raised by lawmakers so far:
• A law, modeled after legislation passed in Massachusetts, that would require a series of benchmarks for utility companies, with stiff fines if they fail to meet them.