Utility offers $10M fund for Conn. outage relief

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Posted: Nov 09, 2011 1:10 PM
Utility offers $10M fund for Conn. outage relief

The parent company of Connecticut's largest electric utility is offering $10 million to establish a fund to help residential customers who experienced losses because of a rare October snowstorm.

Charles Shivery (SHY'-vuh-ree) is chairman, president and chief executive of Northeast Utilities. He apologized Wednesday for the hardships imposed on Connecticut Light & Power's customers. At the peak of the outage, 830,000 customers were without electricity. About 3,500 are still in the dark.

He says Gov. Dannel P. Malloy can administer the fund, which would accept contributions from utility employees and state residents. Marie van Luling, a spokeswoman for the utility, said details on how the money will be spent will be up to the Malloy administration.

A spokeswoman for Malloy says the governor appreciates the offer and calls it a step in the right direction.