Utility offers $10M fund for Conn. outage relief

November 9, 2011 - 11:35 AM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — 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. The utility did not say what the fund will pay for.

Shivery says CL&P also will help with cities' and towns' tree-trimming and cleanup costs.

Northeast Utilities also offered to pay for a review of CL&P's preparedness and response to the snowstorm.