utilities http://wnpr.org en PURA Issues Final Decision on Tree Trimming http://wnpr.org/post/pura-issues-final-decision-tree-trimming <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut has a lot of trees. Our state leads the nation on this piece of technical jargon from the state forester, "woodland urban interface tree density." That means two things -- one: Connecticut has a lot of old, towering, trees -- and two, when major storms, like the ones in 2011 and 2012, hit those trees can be really vulnerable.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:05:30 +0000 Patrick Skahill 24285 at http://wnpr.org PURA Issues Final Decision on Tree Trimming Metro North Says Most 100 Day Action Steps Completed; Senate Approves Funding for West Haven VA Cent http://wnpr.org/post/metro-north-says-most-100-day-action-steps-completed-senate-approves-funding-west-haven-va-cent <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wYyGQbC3Zho" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Metro-North Railroad has released a final report on what it has done to improve safety following a series of accidents last year. The rail line says it has completed most of its priorities. In a 100-day action plan, Metro-North said it has established an investigation unit to look into the root causes of accidents, overhauled a system safety plan, reviewed and improved employee training programs and made other changes.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:10:11 +0000 Teri McCready 23528 at http://wnpr.org PURA Public Hearing Held; Navy Sub Returns After Secret Deployment http://wnpr.org/post/pura-public-hearing-held-navy-sub-returns-after-secret-deployment <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/91aHrzTFj9U" width="560"></iframe></p><p>State regulators are giving the public one last chance to weigh in on rules governing utilities’ tree-trimming practices before issuing a final decision in the case. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority held a hearing today. A final decision by PURA is expected tomorrow.</p><p><strong>Navy Submarine Returns From European Deployment</strong></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:25:16 +0000 Teri McCready 23374 at http://wnpr.org Lawmakers Avert Legal Aid Cuts; Q-Poll Shows Gubernatorial Race Deadlocked http://wnpr.org/post/lawmakers-avert-legal-aid-cuts-q-poll-shows-gubernatorial-race-deadlocked <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EaDClt33W4M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>Connecticut lawmakers averted a $4.5 million cut to legal aid for the poor that was expected to reduce services for the state’s neediest residents. The legislature approved a plan to continue using increased court filing fees to fund legal aid. It was part of a massive budget bill adopted just before the legislative session ended on Wednesday.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 21:31:32 +0000 Teri McCready 21566 at http://wnpr.org State Senate Measure Could Change the Face of Electric Bills http://wnpr.org/post/state-senate-measure-could-change-face-electric-bills <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The state senate has <a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&amp;bill_num=2&amp;which_year=2014&amp;SUBMIT1.x=13&amp;SUBMIT1.y=11&amp;SUBMIT1=Normal" target="_blank">unanimously passed a bill</a> to address many complaints against independent electricity suppliers.</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 12:43:27 +0000 Alan Yu 21067 at http://wnpr.org State Senate Measure Could Change the Face of Electric Bills Electric Supplier Legislation Passes Senate; Senate Approves College Sex Assault Legislation http://wnpr.org/post/electric-supplier-legislation-passes-senate-senate-approves-college-sex-assault-legislation <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bpUJTQSnJyQ" width="560"></iframe></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:46:46 +0000 Teri McCready 21058 at http://wnpr.org Regulators Say Electric Suppliers Must Improve Disclosure http://wnpr.org/post/regulators-say-electric-suppliers-must-improve-disclosure <p>Utility regulators say independent electric suppliers in the state should be required to give consumers a clear disclosure about how much they're paying for power.</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:51:05 +0000 Harriet Jones 20404 at http://wnpr.org Regulators Say Electric Suppliers Must Improve Disclosure Connecticut and Utilities Prepare Defenses Against Cyberattacks http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-and-utilities-prepare-defenses-against-cyberattacks <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="2">Governor Dannel Malloy has <a href="http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/lib/malloy/2014.04.14_pura_cyber_report.pdf">released a plan </a>to protect Connecticut's utilities against cyber attacks. Connecticut's electric, natural gas, major water companies and the regional distribution systems have already been penetrated in the past.</font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="2">When asked just how many cyber attacks have happened, Arthur House, chairman of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, said he can't go into much detail.</font></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:36:05 +0000 Alan Yu 20139 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut and Utilities Prepare Defenses Against Cyberattacks Malloy Commemorates Gun Control Law Anniversary; Reduced Penalties for Drug Sales Near Schools http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-commemorates-gun-control-law-anniversary-reduced-penalties-drug-sales-near-schools <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_QIzYfAokec" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Governor Dannel Malloy and lawmakers, along with gun violence prevention groups gathered in Hartford today to commemorate the one year anniversary of the post-Newtown gun control, school safety and mental health law.</p><p><strong>Committee Approves Reduced Penalty Bill</strong></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:55:22 +0000 Teri McCready 19541 at http://wnpr.org New Limits Proposed for Connecticut's Independent Electric Suppliers http://wnpr.org/post/new-limits-proposed-connecticuts-independent-electric-suppliers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">P</span>roposed new legislation would set new limits on Connecticut's independent electric suppliers, curbing what state officials are calling deceptive practices. The bill was introduced by Governor Dannel Malloy, Attorney General George Jepsen, and Consumer Counsel Elin Katz.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:33:27 +0000 Harriet Jones 19470 at http://wnpr.org New Limits Proposed for Connecticut's Independent Electric Suppliers Bridgeport Town Council Gives OK to Solar Project http://wnpr.org/post/bridgeport-town-council-gives-ok-solar-project <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With a 15-5 vote, Bridgeport's City Council approved a massive solar energy project this week that could bring thousands of solar panels to a former city landfill. Since dumps are no longer allowed in Connecticut, that's left a lot of city leaders wondering what to do with that old space.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:59:09 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18811 at http://wnpr.org Bridgeport Town Council Gives OK to Solar Project Jepsen Closes CL & P Investigation; Malloy Discusses Storm Damage Funding http://wnpr.org/post/jepsen-closes-cl-p-investigation-malloy-discusses-storm-damage-funding <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/60x6W5GV5Do" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Attorney General George Jepsen and Connecticut Light &amp; Power have reached a $2.5 million settlement over claims that the power company "impaired and impeded" regulators during an investigation into its response to a major snowstorm in 2011 .The utility has agreed to donate the funds to Operation Fuel—which is a Connecticut energy assistance nonprofit group.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:57:53 +0000 Teri McCready 18759 at http://wnpr.org Despite PURA Request, Utilities Want to Keep Trimming http://wnpr.org/post/despite-pura-request-utilities-want-keep-trimming <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority called for a "voluntary suspension" of so-called "enhanced tree-trimming" around the state. United Illuminating and CL&amp;P quickly filed formal responses and -- surprise -- they both want to keep trimming.</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:10:15 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18564 at http://wnpr.org Despite PURA Request, Utilities Want to Keep Trimming State Authorities Besieged With Complaints About Power Suppliers http://wnpr.org/post/state-authorities-besieged-complaints-about-power-suppliers <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-weight: medium"><font face="Arial, sans-serif"><font size="3">If you buy power from <a href="http://www.energizect.com//compare-energy-suppliers">an independent supplier</a>, rather than the state's two regulated utilities, the Connecticut Light and Power Company and United Illuminating, you could be paying a lot more for your power, rather than saving money.</font></font></p><p></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:32:14 +0000 Alan Yu 18434 at http://wnpr.org State Authorities Besieged With Complaints About Power Suppliers For Tree-Trimming Opponents, a Victory, at Least for Now http://wnpr.org/post/tree-trimming-opponents-victory-least-now <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is calling for a suspension of "enhanced tree trimming" around the state. It's a decision following months of public outcry.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:30:43 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18321 at http://wnpr.org For Tree-Trimming Opponents, a Victory, at Least for Now Independent Electric Suppliers Hit Back at Critics http://wnpr.org/post/independent-electric-suppliers-hit-back-critics <p>Connecticut's independent electric suppliers have come in for some stiff criticism this winter, after it was revealed that some were charging customers astronomical rates for power. But the suppliers themselves&nbsp;claim there's another side to the story.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:49:54 +0000 Harriet Jones 18163 at http://wnpr.org Independent Electric Suppliers Hit Back at Critics Can Science Develop Stronger Trees in Connecticut? http://wnpr.org/post/can-science-develop-stronger-trees-connecticut <p>As United Illuminating continues revisions on its ambitious tree-cutting plan, a group of scientists at UConn is studying why trees fail, and how they can be made stronger.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:42:26 +0000 Patrick Skahill 17136 at http://wnpr.org Can Science Develop Stronger Trees in Connecticut? Officials Delay Decision On Fate of UI's Ambitious Tree-Cutting Plan http://wnpr.org/post/officials-delay-decision-fate-uis-ambitious-tree-cutting-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">PURA</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;will now delay their decision on United Illuminating's ambitious tree-cutting plan past Wednesday, January 29, <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wnpr/files/201401/ui_request.pdf">due&nbsp;</a></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wnpr/files/201401/ui_request.pdf">to a public hearing&nbsp;request</a> from UI&nbsp;to discuss "technical issues."</span></p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:01:07 +0000 Patrick Skahill 16051 at http://wnpr.org Officials Delay Decision On Fate of UI's Ambitious Tree-Cutting Plan Regulators Hear Call for Simpler Gas Rates http://wnpr.org/post/regulators-hear-call-simpler-gas-rates <p>Connecticut's gas utilities are asking regulators to lower the amount they'd have to charge businesses that sign up for new gas service. The request comes as regulators debate the final shape of the state's new comprehensive energy plan.</p><p> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 17:12:42 +0000 Harriet Jones 12490 at http://wnpr.org Regulators Hear Call for Simpler Gas Rates Drill Simulates Crippling Blow to Power Grid http://wnpr.org/post/drill-simulates-crippling-blow-power-grid <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As concerns over </span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/17/us/as-worries-over-the-power-grid-rise-a-drill-will-simulate-a-knockout-blow.html?_r=0" style="line-height: 1.5;">the security of America's electrical infrastructure continue to grow</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Connecticut Light &amp; Power and the United Illuminating Company said they will both take part in a multi-national security exercise this week.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The drill will be run by the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.nerc.com/Pages/default.aspx">North American Electric Reliability Corporation</a> (also known as&nbsp;NERC) and will include Homeland Security, FBI officials, and hundreds of utilities.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:11:12 +0000 Patrick Skahill 12256 at http://wnpr.org Drill Simulates Crippling Blow to Power Grid Northeast Utilities Will Outsource 200 IT Jobs http://wnpr.org/post/northeast-utilities-will-outsource-200-it-jobs <p>Northeast Utilities has revealed its plans to outsource 200 information technology jobs to Indian firms. The news comes after weeks of pressure on the company.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Northeast Utilities employees had heard rumors that some jobs might be outsourced as the giant company reorganizes in the wake of its merger with Massachusetts-based </span>NStar<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 19:25:09 +0000 Harriet Jones 5904 at http://wnpr.org Northeast Utilities Will Outsource 200 IT Jobs State Legislators Respond to Rumors of Outsourcing at Northeast Utilities http://wnpr.org/post/state-legislators-respond-rumors-outsourcing-northeast-utilities <p>State lawmakers are turning up heat on Northeast Utilities over rumors the utility giant will outsource its information technology functions. The legislators say the company isn&#39;t playing straight with them. For several weeks, gossip has been circulating about the intentions of Northeast Utilities with regard to its IT department.</p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:35:20 +0000 Harriet Jones 5675 at http://wnpr.org State Legislators Respond to Rumors of Outsourcing at Northeast Utilities Imagine Your Town Without Trees http://wnpr.org/post/imagine-your-town-without-trees <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Catie/Where%20We%20Live%2003-05-2012.mp3</p><p></p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 14:33:43 +0000 John Dankosky 6138 at http://wnpr.org Imagine Your Town Without Trees Two Storm Panel Finishes Its Work http://wnpr.org/post/two-storm-panel-finishes-its-work <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Jeff%20Cohen/2012_01_09_JC%20120109%20Two%20Storm.mp3</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 20:28:03 +0000 Jeff Cohen 6373 at http://wnpr.org Two Storm Panel Finishes Its Work Northeast Utilities Establishes Outage Compensation Fund http://wnpr.org/post/northeast-utilities-establishes-outage-compensation-fund <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/hj%20111109%20nu%20fund.mp3</p><p></p><p>The parent company of Connecticut Light &amp; Power says it will establish a ten million dollar fund to compensate residential customers who lost money as a result of the recent power outages. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.</p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 15:04:28 +0000 Harriet Jones 8263 at http://wnpr.org Northeast Utilities Establishes Outage Compensation Fund Would Town-Controlled Power Grids Get the Lights On Faster? http://wnpr.org/post/would-town-controlled-power-grids-get-lights-faster <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Commodore%20Skahill/Colin%20McEnroe%20Show11-07-2011.mp3</p><p>Jewett City, a community of 2.5 square miles in southeastern Connecticut, has its own power company, owned by the town.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are seven non-profit companies like this in the state. They're small, which means they can coordinate closely with other branches of government. Heck, they can coordinate with branches on trees.</span></p><p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 19:44:26 +0000 Colin McEnroe 8275 at http://wnpr.org Would Town-Controlled Power Grids Get the Lights On Faster? Connecticut and Trees: Is the Love Affair Over? http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-and-trees-love-affair-over <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/hj%20111107%20sb%20tree%20debate.mp3</p><p></p><p>Most storm clouds have a silver lining, and the freak October snowfall was no exception. Connecticut’s tree companies have work ahead of them for many, many months.&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">In Vernon, Sue Peterson is surveying the scene of devastation in her front yard.</p><p class="MsoNormal">“It was huge Norway maple. Huge, huge tree.”</p><p class="MsoNormal">She was in the dark after her power failed on the Saturday night of the storm.</p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 16:22:53 +0000 Harriet Jones 8276 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut and Trees: Is the Love Affair Over? Day Ten Without Power http://wnpr.org/post/day-ten-without-power <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Tucker/Where%20We%20Live%2011-07-2011chriskeating.mp3</p><p></p><p>CL&amp;P said they’d have power back on by Sunday night - but none of us - including Governor Malloy - were surprised when that didn’t happen. Now, Malloy is one of many state officials launching an investigation into the power company’s response. He’s hired former FEMA director James Lee Witt to oversee the investigation, which is due December 1.</p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 15:29:41 +0000 John Dankosky 8277 at http://wnpr.org Day Ten Without Power Still In The Dark http://wnpr.org/post/still-dark <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Catie/Where%20We%20Live%2011-04-2011.mp3</p><p></p><p>Governor Dannel Malloy deployed the troops six days after the snowstorm that tore down powerlines and left millions of Northeast residents in the dark.</p> Fri, 04 Nov 2011 14:15:59 +0000 John Dankosky 8284 at http://wnpr.org Still In The Dark After The Storm, Connecticut Slowest To Restore Power http://wnpr.org/post/after-storm-connecticut-slowest-restore-power <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Commodore%20Skahill/CMS%2011-03-2011%20Seg%20A.mp3</p><p></p><p>The Christian Science Monitor has this tale of the tape:</p><p>"Power outages in Connecticut hit 831,000 customers. As of Wednesday morning, power had been restored to about 284,000 of those customers – one-third of the peak."</p><p>In Massachusetts, 450,000 customers – almost two-thirds of the peak – had their power back Wednesday.</p><p>New Hampshire had 72 percent of outages fixed Wednesday.</p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 18:00:26 +0000 Colin McEnroe 8289 at http://wnpr.org After The Storm, Connecticut Slowest To Restore Power