Brownout Credit Card Cost Connecticut Utility

Fortnightly Magazine - August 1997
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Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has asked the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control to order a one-time, 25-percent credit on bills of Connecticut Light & Power customers, claiming the threat of brownouts and blackouts has reduced service quality. That translates into about $33 million in customer credits.

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Blumenthal also asked that the DPU order additional credits of the greater of $10, or 15 percent, in any month with one day of brownouts or blackouts, and $15 or 20 percent, for two days of problems. The attorney general's request came as all the state's nuclear plants remained shut down by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission due to operational and safety concerns. Also, CL&P is warning customers of possible brownouts or blackouts.

"Customers should be compensated for the uncertainty created by the mismanagement of these nuclear plants and all customers should receive credits in each month when brownouts or blackouts occur," Blumenthal said. (em LB


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