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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Connecticut Light & Power Steps Up Communications Efforts With Towns

Having been stung with criticisms in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, Connecticut Light & Power is looking to do a better job keeping municipal officials in the 149 communities it serves informed about power restoration efforts.

Jeff Butler, CL&P's president and chief operating officer, said starting Monday, the utility will provide out daily briefings to municipal leaders about work that is specific to their communities.

CL&P has also made good on other promises that it made in the aftermath of Irene, said Mitch Gross, a spokesman for the utility.

It has assigned at least one crew to the vast majority of towns without power as as result of the storm, Gross said, with a primary focus of working with officials to address emergency situations as well a facilitate the reopening of municipal roads. The utility has provided a liaison to every community that has requested one, he said.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Governor Mallloy's Panel Reviewing Response To Irene Has A Big Day Ahead

Tuesday could be an informative day for the panel appointed by Gov. Dannel Malloy in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene to assess Connecticut's preparedness for natural disasters.

The meeting, which will be held at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford starting at 10 a.m., will include testimony from two meteorologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who will discuss the typical qualities of hurricanes that make it to New England and the storm surges they produce.

Members of the panel will also hear from Adam Whelchel, director of science for The Nature Conservancy. Whelchel will discuss a state of the art computer program developed by The Nature Conservancy with help from NASA's Goddard Space Institute and NOAA.

The program enables users to project future flooding impacts under different sea level rise and storm scenarios for specific neighborhoods around Long Island Sound.

Officials from The United Illuminating Co., Connecticut Light & Power and Dominion Energy, which owns and operates the Millstone nuclear power plant in Waterford, will also be providing testimony. They will discuss storm associated risk assessments involving the state's electric distribution and transmission networks as well as its power plants.

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