CL&P's Butler is Out [Poll]

Jeff Butler, president of Connecticut Light & Power has resigned, and parent company Northeast Utilities has announced a re-organization.

Northeast Utilities has announced the resignation of Jeff Butler as president of Connecticut Light & Power as part of a reorganization of the utility company amid criticism of its performance following Tropical Storm Irene and the historic October snow storm.

"We reluctantly accepted Jeff’s resignation,” Northeast Utilities' Chairman Charles W. Shivery said in a press release. “His commitment and dedication on behalf of our company, employees and customers have been exceptional. We thank him for his important contribution to NU, CL&P and the community. We wish him all the best.”

James A. Muntz, president of Northeast Utilities' Transmission business will take over for Butler and report to Lee Olivier, the chief operating officer for NU and CL&P's chief executive officer, according to the press release.

CL&P faced tremendous criticism in the aftermath of both storms, which left more than half a million of its customers across the state in the dark following each storm, and in many cases for more than a week before power could be restored.

Shivery said the company will create a new position in CL&P to lead emergency preparedness and named William J. Quinlan, the vice president of the parent company's Customer Solutions to the position. Quinlan also will be responsible for participating in Gov. Dannel Malloy's review of the utility restoration, according to the press release.

Also reporting to Quinlan will be Dana Louth, who will move from being a vice president of asset strategy to infrastructure hardening, which apparently refers to strategies to make electric systems more resistant to weather conditions, according to the press release.

The company also hired Davies Consulting to perform an evaluation of CL&P's emergency preparedness and response to the two storms, which will be delivered  to the NU Board of Trustees in early February, the press release said.

Malloy's office also issued a statement in connection with Butler's resignation.

“Gov. Malloy made clear that he thought Northeast Utilities needed to address CL&P’s management issues, and it’s clear that process has begun," Malloy’s Senior Advisor, Roy Occhiogrosso, said in the statement. "It’s also likely that there will be other changes on other fronts as a result of CL&P’s performance in the lead-up to and aftermath of the storm.”

David A. Stevenson November 20, 2011 at 09:25 PM
Stop whining about unions, Junior High School. The state employees gave back a larger percentage of their "largesse" to balance the budget than anyone else did.
JHS November 20, 2011 at 09:58 PM
The unions have done a lot of damage to the state finances. THe whole overtime being used to calculate pensions is ridiculous. No where in private industry does that happen. Same goes for pay for sick leave, pensions instead of 403bs and the generous healtcare benefits. The private workers have had it with the union labor costs and the backlash is under way. The taxpayer is paying way to much for these benefits which are far superior than the private industry. Unions are a major reason the state is too expensive for business. And without business there are no private industry jobs to pay for the bloated pensions and benefits. And the unions own the Dems. The unions needed to give back more. Our staffing govt is too big. We should have had a 5 year hiring freeze and incentives to retire. Malloy raised the budget by a billion and demanded not enough from the unions. IMHO as a taxpayer.
David A. Stevenson November 20, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Apologies for presuming your name. This just something you and I will have to agree to disagree about.
JHS November 20, 2011 at 10:40 PM
I've been called much worse. But yes I do have strong feelings about this. Unions are necessary to keep the worker safe. I just feel they went overboard.
David A. Stevenson November 21, 2011 at 12:25 AM
Be careful not to call for an end to unions and all the good they've brought to America. There are corporatists just itching to make that happen.
JHS November 21, 2011 at 12:32 AM
I'm not calling for an end to unions, just an end to binding arbitration which in this state always seem to go in favor of the unions.
David A. Stevenson November 21, 2011 at 12:48 AM
Fact check that one, please. Unions do not even have that opportunity in Connecticut anymore. For some time, municipalities can mandate a second-shot do-over after they have "lost" at binding arbitration. Doesn't sound very "binding", does it ?
Bernard November 21, 2011 at 01:32 AM
We have had a hiring freeze in place for quite some time. We have all taken on more work - a fact that goes un-noticed by the average CT resident who uses assumptions to decide what is enough. The private sector gets what they are willing to fight for. We have organized to negotiate better and we don't intend to trade down to the benefits that most private sector workers are forced to accept due to their unwillingness to fight. Most of us don't have bloated pensions and isolated problems are not the rule. JHS doesn't really know what he is talking about - only what he thinks he knows about unions. We have the benefits and stable wages that you used to enjoy before corporations became self-serving entities focused ONLY on enriching the few by screwing the workers that make them what they are. Don't blame state workers for private sector workers getting screwed. You abandoned collective action and reap what you sow.
jamrsr November 21, 2011 at 01:48 AM
NU does not own the poles - the phone company does.
JHS November 21, 2011 at 01:53 AM
Look John- our government payroll is too big. The Dems refuse to take the overtime out of pension calculations. The private industry is fleeing CT due to the high cost of government. It is the provate companies employees that pay for the state workers salaries. When those jobs are gone who is going to pay? Malloy seems to feel he can bribe companies to stay. He increased the budget by a billion over the previous one and then claims the state workers will give back. What jobs did the state workers lose? None. Was there a 5 year hiring freeze? No. It was a sham.
Dee Dee November 21, 2011 at 02:34 AM
"If you bite the hand that feeds you, you will end up hungry." The public sector employees are biting the hands of the private sector who pays for their salaries - in CT they, the private sector, is fleeing in droves..... seems to me like soon enough no matter how much the public sector demands - they will end up hungry when we all leave. I will say over half the people I know are in the process of or trying to figure out a way to leave CT. I think this last tax increase put most people over the edge. How would the CT legislature and public sector employees like it if we give them a pay cut and make it retroactive to January 1st - that is what they did to us!!!!!!!
Sam Mihailoff November 21, 2011 at 02:40 AM
they pay taxes too been reading this entire thread...the sad thing, we can complain and offer suggestions but nothing will change...just like at local budget time, "If you don't like it...move" Not my suggestion, just the comments are similar. I really do not know the answer...very depressing
Dee Dee November 21, 2011 at 03:59 AM
CT came to be largely as a result of people fleeing NY state and local taxation - look at Greenwich, CT. The entire community grew to become what it is today because the very successful in NY fled to CT because CT had no state income tax. Unfortunately for CT, people are taking your advice Sam and moving. I do find it depressing but ultimately those of us with options will exercise them - if exercising them at the ballot box does not work then we exercise them by taking our incomes elsewhere. Hence, as I said before - biting the hand that feeds you will result in you going hungry! Not directed specifically at you, Sam - just an observation that those who do make their livings being paid out of the hard earned tax dollars of others might want to consider.
Sam Mihailoff November 21, 2011 at 04:09 AM
remember 1973 and the oil crisis? No, changes until now which are actually meager...changes in the entire utility source and delivery system are necessary, yes absolutely...maybe we'll see slight movement in this in say 50 years
Alex Tytler November 21, 2011 at 11:27 AM
Evidently. It goes down for 14 hours of the day, and there are these things called clouds that can block it for days at a time. When these "disasters" occur the lights go out with solar unless you have a nuke or coal or gas plant online ready to back up the grid.
Alex Tytler November 21, 2011 at 11:32 AM
I'm not against private sector unions. They are self cleansing. The businesses they infest get weak and are overtaken by offshore or non union competitors and the creative destruction deals with them. I am against public sector unions. They have no competition and there is no way to get rid of them, seemingly, except to move to a right to work state.
Bernard November 21, 2011 at 11:48 AM
We all pay state worker's salaries, not just certain employees. If you say that our govt payrolls are too big - based on what. Your opinion or ideological viewpoint is not a fact. Prove it based on like comparisions. According to the Republican American, we are headed for budget surpluses in the coming years thanks to Gov. Malloy's "incompetence." I'm not a big fan but I appreciate his willingness to seek the middle ground. Unions accepted singnficant changes in pension and other benefits - most that impact new employees coming in and creating a structure that will provide better long-term decifict reduction. We are also paying 3% of our salaries to fund retiree healthcare benefits that state politicians have failed to save for as required under our contracts. Co-pays have gone up and we continue to see yearly increases in our share of healthcare costs. Some won't be happy until they see huge numbers of state employees laid-off. Their perspective is not based on anything other than their inability to accept their choices. Corporations don't care whether you live or die. Unions work to protect and work for their members. We also work for the citizens of the State of CT. Not all of us work for DMV. Some of us quietly clean up the messes that the average person never see. Some work all night in horrible weather to help all those private employees get to their jobs on clean, safe roads. We need corporate unions to protect all of you.
Dee Dee November 21, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Approving a pipeline from Canada might help right now!
Monrovian November 21, 2011 at 04:53 PM
NU is currently working on "the Northern Pass" which would bring power to New England from Quebec through New Hampshire. The Live Free or Die State has its opposition to it. http://www.livefreeorfry.org/
Alex Tytler November 21, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Why can't we generate our own power? Because of the green idiots and the oppresive labor laws here in CT.
QWERTY November 21, 2011 at 05:45 PM
Isn't that what Millstone does?
monroe taxpayer November 21, 2011 at 05:58 PM
I read some where that some homes in Japan use fuel cells to produce electricity. But they have a life span of less the ten years and cost something like $10,000? They can be fueled with natural gas. That would remove need for a grid. We already have at least major gas line running through Monroe and lake Zoar dam which produces electricity. It seems we just can not get what we already have to peoples homes do to the above ground lines and the trees. Its time to get rid of the telegraph pole. For the highest rates in the country, I do not know why at least a percentage of this infrastructure is not being place under ground every year?? That would reduce our exposure to storms and maintenance. Apparently profit is more important the the customers when you have a monopoly?
QWERTY November 21, 2011 at 06:24 PM
What percentage of Monroe's homes have access to natural gas? 10%? I'd beg and plead with Yankee to give me a gas line, but I know it's not worth the price to them. Significantly cheaper to string line vs. burying it.
Alex Tytler November 21, 2011 at 06:59 PM
What percentage of what we use is generated in state?
David Yish November 21, 2011 at 08:01 PM
From memory, CT has (at least) 6 older coal burning power plants, 3 trash to energy plants, Millstone as already mentioned, and our own Stevenson Dam. I am sure that I am missing some.
monroe taxpayer November 21, 2011 at 11:23 PM
I am not sure just how much of Monroe has access to natural gas.Bet there is at least one multistate gas line I sure you can have a Propane tank installed but I am not sure of what the costs are compared to oil? Of course it cheaper to string lines until you get one storm after another and need to call in help from out of state. When you also factor in the cost of having the trees cut, its probably not that much cheaper?
JHS November 22, 2011 at 01:43 AM
If the stimulus has been spent on infrastructure maintenance and on new long term projects like burying lines, it might have done some good. SOuthbury has a big natural gas line running through it but it is not available to the public. We have huge amounts of gas in this country including what's coming out of DC and Hartford.
monroe taxpayer November 22, 2011 at 04:51 AM
I would rather seen some of it spent on new technologies so we could free ourselves from the grid and then sell the technology and create jobs.Lets be clear politicians from both parties spend tax dollars, the goal is to make them spend it more wisely and to the benefit of our country and or state citizens. Not to reward some greedy monopoly or unpatriotic multinational corporation that do not need it and will just give themselves a large bonus. 7
David A. Stevenson November 22, 2011 at 05:45 AM
Monroe Taxpayer puts it clearly and succinctly. Let's move forward and get it done.
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