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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.”

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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