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Old 11-17-2011, 01:49 PM
 
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Lets stop treating him like a Cheshire home-invasion suspect. It's only freakin' power, people.
Live your life as you like, but IMO it's more than an inconvenience not to have running water or heat. If I wanted to live in a third-world country, I would move to someplace like Jamaica.

I don't see anybody proposing to execute him for this, so your hyperbole is misplaced. There's no way he should keep his job. And there's no reason that a company that was as ill-prepared as CLP should expect to make the profits they anticipated
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I am sorry but it is hard to feel sorry for someone who makes the kind of money he does and gets what he will most likely get when he walks away. It is also kind of hard to simpathiize with a utility that already charges among the highest rates in the country and then can't get power back up for over a week.

The last storm may have been a fluke but it was not handled well. The fact that it was proved that they were not getting help from outside companies because they had not paid the bills from Irene was embarassing to say the least.

Poor CL&P lost $50 million in revenue. How about the thousands of small companies that lost business because they could not get the power on for the entire week. My office is located in one of those areas and I know a couple of companies that may actually go out of business because of this.

As the saying goes, trick me once "shame on you", trick me twice "shame on me". Jay
What do you mean we were not getting outside help? We had crews from MANY other utilities (about 600 crews to be exact) come up to CT to help restore power. We even had crews transported by airplane from California utility companies up here to CT. Missouri, South Carolina, Texas, Missouri, Ohio, you name it. The reason it took longer for CT to get its power restored is because the surrounding states had to fix THEIR states' power outages first. Once they did that, they came over to CT to help us out. And yes, CT was hit the hardest by this storm. Compared to states like NJ, CT is much more hilly and densely forested. NJ is much flatter and less densely forested.

I think CL&P could have done a better job at power restoration, but with 600+ crews, thousands of wires down guards and working 24/7, I think the company did a good job considering the extremity of the storm. But people will always complain to their heart's content.
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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What do you mean we were not getting outside help? We had crews from MANY other utilities (about 600 crews to be exact) come up to CT to help restore power..
They did...but they waited until Thursday (5 days later) to bring in more crews...and "I think" they waited until "after" the storm to ask for help..
Maybe they thought they can handle 850,000 with the original plans. And they probably had to wait to hire since they didnt pay the out of state crews for Irene until 3 weeks ago.
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:53 PM
 
Location: New England
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Lets stop treating him like a Cheshire home-invasion suspect. It's only freakin' power, people.
I don't know man, his most recent mug shot definitely shows a change.




lol
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Old 11-17-2011, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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I don't know man, his most recent mug shot definitely shows a change.


lol
LMAO..

Side note:: ... Is CL&P watching this "possibility" of another snowstorm day before Thanksgiving?? No leaves on trees but that doesnt mean to do this...

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Old 11-17-2011, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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They did...but they waited until Thursday (5 days later) to bring in more crews...and "I think" they waited until "after" the storm to ask for help..
Maybe they thought they can handle 850,000 with the original plans. And they probably had to wait to hire since they didnt pay the out of state crews for Irene until 3 weeks ago.
I already explained that CL&P had limited help from other crews during the first several days, because many other companies had to take care of their own service territory first. Namely, states in the Northeast that got affected by the storm, too. You can't expect ALL of the northeastern utility companies to be in CT on day one!
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Old 11-17-2011, 04:56 PM
 
Location: In a house
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What did we expect? If we want them to be better prepared, and most here seem to think its needed, rates need to go up. As far as them being already highest in the nation, again, what should we expect? They need to operate in the most expensive environment in the nation. Things like this go hand in hand. But, no matter how much money we throw at most things they will still happen. Thats just life.
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Old 11-17-2011, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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What did we expect? If we want them to be better prepared, and most here seem to think its needed, rates need to go up. As far as them being already highest in the nation, again, what should we expect? They need to operate in the most expensive environment in the nation. Things like this go hand in hand. But, no matter how much money we throw at most things they will still happen. Thats just life.
Completely agree.
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:12 PM
 
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Are you guys willing to pay a one time fee to get your power lines underground? If everyone is willing to do this then rates should go down in the long term.
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:22 PM
 
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What did we expect? If we want them to be better prepared, and most here seem to think its needed, rates need to go up. As far as them being already highest in the nation, again, what should we expect? They need to operate in the most expensive environment in the nation. Things like this go hand in hand. But, no matter how much money we throw at most things they will still happen. Thats just life.
Rates need to go up? They made $3 billion last year, and NU's profits were up 21% in the first half of '11.

I say let them eat the costs- businesses are not guaranteed a certain level of profit.
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