CL&P: Outside Linemen Expected to Top 2,000 by Saturday

Power is still out for 165,000 customers as of Friday morning.

As CL&P seeks to improve on its much-criticized performance after Tropical Storm Irene and last October's devastating snowstorm, the utility is bringing in many more outside linemen to help in the restoration process than it did in those prior events.

Utility vice president Willliam Quinlan said at a briefing on Friday morning that 1,500 linemen had already been added to CL&Ps contingent of 400. By Saturday, he said, there should be about 2,100 additional linemen working to restore power to the many thousands that remain without it.

With central and northern Connecticut substantially restored, resources are now being concentrated in the Southwest and Southeast corner of the state, he said, particularly the Southwest, where "thousands upon thousands of trees are down."

Quinlan said he was on a conference call with President Barack Obama on Thursday and that the president identified New York, New Jersey, West Virginia and Connecticut as the states hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy.

Quinlan also said CL&P's parents company, Northeast Utilities, was helping to provide management teams and linemen from New Hampshire and Massachusetts. CL&P has also called on 100 retirees to help with the restoration. The projection of getting power restored to 98 percent of customers is still "Monday or Tuesday."

"I do want to reiterate something I've been saying consistently," he said. "These are our best estimates. They are not guarantees. ... But we're doing everything to sustain the momentum we have built so far."

Sam November 02, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I am sure they can double it to 4000 if we give them another week or 10,000 by the end of November. Even my daughter can make calls and bring in more lineman. This should have been done in advance. Duh! Who cares if you make people suffer first and then try to come up with something just a bit more.
paul d. November 02, 2012 at 10:07 PM
CL&P is a state regulated company. Our state level government has failed our local communities. Malloy, Boucher, Frey need to be held accountable for their unwillingness to get serious with CL&P.
William C johnson November 03, 2012 at 01:34 PM
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Marsha November 03, 2012 at 02:09 PM
We need to put mass pressure on the regulating Board to make the censure for inadequate response a lot more painful than just a fine. How about mandating that the company forego paying out dividends/executive salaries or forcing them to train a cadre of "volunteer" linemen (at their expense) that can be called up for deployment?
Sam November 03, 2012 at 03:49 PM
or no billing customers for the next six months. that would automatically cut into paychecks and bonuses of those executive (?) callows.
Elizabeth MacKie November 04, 2012 at 12:52 AM
I called CL&P this morning to ask for an update as to when I could expect power to be restored to my home as I had seen crews working in my neighborhood. She could give me nothing other than "98% will be restored by Monday or Tuesday." Our First Selectman then informed us that we could expect that our town's restoration would take longer than that because we were one of the hardest hit towns in the State and we should be patient. Before the storm hit, we were told that CL&P was ready and that their communication was going to improve. As it turns out, our power was restored less than 8 hours after the customer service person told me she had no imformation for me. What's wrong with that picture?
paul d. November 04, 2012 at 01:21 PM
YES! We must hold our electable officials accountable for this.... CL&P is state regulated, had $873 million in profits last year, and perpetuates a sham. Why aren't our state elected officials speaking out publicly? Whose side are they on? Malloy, Frey, and Boucher.... Are you listening? Why don't you care?


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