MASSACHUSETTS AG: UTILITIES APPEAL FINES OVER IRENE RESPONSE

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Massachusetts Attorney General Office and received
via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 31, 2012 
AG STATEMENT ON UTILITY COMPANIES’ APPEALS OF RECORD FINES
AGAINST THEM FOR POOR STORM RESPONSE 
BOSTON - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley today
issued the following statement regarding the decision by
National Grid, NSTAR and the Western Massachusetts Electric
Company (WMECO) to appeal the fines that were issued against
them by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for their
failed responses to the October 2011 snowstorm and Tropical
Storm Irene. 
“The inadequate planning and response by the utility companies
left thousands of Massachusetts customers without power for far
too long, and the record fines are certainly justified to hold
them accountable for those failings. Our office intends to
defend these fines in court.” 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Jillian Fennimore
(617) 727-2543 
(kgt)NY 
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