Electric Customers Hot, Bothered

Eversource Predicts Restoration by Tues., Aug. 11th

Dave Mager
August 07, 2020 - 12:50 am
Eversource outage map, 8/6/20

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Tropical Storm Isaias is almost three days gone, but the debilitating gash it left in Connecticut's power grid will be with us into at least next week.

As Eversource and United Illuminating struggle to stitch it up, hundreds of thousands of residents are in the dark, sweating out the long wait.   

Eversource, by far the satte's largest electric utility, now says that full restoration will take until at least next Tuesday night.

In a statement issued late Thursday, Eversource writes, "Eversource estimates it will make significant progress by the end of the weekend and have its restoration substantially complete by Tuesday, August 11th at 11:59 p.m., with many customers restored before that time."

Expressing disappointment with the utility, Gov. Ned Lamont activated the state's National Guard to do some of the heavy work, such as clearing trees and limbs from streets and power lines.

The governor says, "I think that Eversource didn't plan for the worst. I don't think they had the people staged in place, ready to go."

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) will investigate.