The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has agreed to allow Eversource Energy to charge customers $141 million over six years. It's so the utility can recover money it spent to repair lines after five storms in 2017 and 2018. Eversource’s parent company made over $1 billion in profit in 2018.
The final PURA authorization is about $11 million less than what Eversource had initially sought. The first of the installments, $23.5 million, will be collected in May. A wind storm. three nor'easters, and tornadoes and macrobursts in the Greater Danbury area resulted in more than 19,000 downed lines, poles and transformers.
The Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel objected to multiple items in Eversource’s proposal, including what it described as “the vast number of meals.” Eversource said it was for calorie-packed box lunches for workers spending extended hours in the field.