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Eversource says Storm Isaias criticism 'not accurate'


The CT Mirror

August 27, 2020

Eversource Energy gave lawmakers Thursday a forceful rebuttal of the widespread complaints that the electric utility failed to prepare for Tropical Storm Isaias – then bungled the restoration of power in Connecticut’s worst blackout in nearly a decade.

While conceding the storm was more damaging than predicted and its communication system failed at times, Eversource cast its overall performance in near-heroic terms, getting the lights back on four days faster than after the worst of the three disastrous storms in 2011 and 2012.

“Eversource prepared for and conducted an emergency response to Storm Isaias that was coordinated, organized and effective in restoring power to customers on an expeditious timeline,” the company said in a 15-page letter to the legislature’s Energy and Technology Committee. “This was the largest mobilization ever achieved for Connecticut customers and we were prepared for it.”

Released in advance of an appearance by the company’s top executives before the committee, the letter is an effort to reframe a narrative that has portrayed Eversource as inept and its leadership tone deaf.

“Although we surely could have done many things better, the perception that we were not prepared is just not accurate,” the company said. “We are looking forward to doing everything we can to bring the facts forward for consideration.”

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Lamont:  CDC 'dead wrong' about new COVID testing guidelines

He plans to ignore them

The CT Mirror

August 26, 2020

Gov. Ned Lamont on Wednesday said he will ignore new guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that raise the bar on who should get tested for COVID-19.

The new recommendations say some people without symptoms probably don’t need to get tested – even if they’ve been in close contact with an infected person.

Lamont joined New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on Thursday calling the new guidance “reckless” and stating that they will continue to push for widespread testing.

“Health experts recommend testing close contacts of individuals with COVID-19 to identify and prevent asymptomatic spread,” they said. “This type of robust testing by our states has been a key factor in our success so far to flatten the curve in the tristate area.”

Lamont on Wednesday, at a press conference with his acting public health commissioner, Deidre Gifford, said Connecticut would continue to encourage people to be tested if they are exposed to COVID-19.

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