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CT House of Representatives passes Energy bill targeting utility companies' response to Tropical Storm Isaias

The bill passed on a 136 to 4 vote Wednesday night.
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CONNECTICUT, USA — The "Take Back Our Grid" passed the House of Representatives Wednesday night. 

In a tweet, Rep Matt Blumenthal said the bill will increase oversight and accountability over Connecticut's utilities after the companies response to Tropical Storm Isaias.

The legislation cleared the House of Representatives on a bipartisan 136-5 vote during Wednesday's special session. 

Eversource has faced criticism over its recent rate hikes and the response after the tropical storm. People across Connecticut were left without power for several days. 

The “Take Back Our Grid Act” looks to place limits on energy rate hikes and allows reimbursement to consumers who lose food or medicine due to extended outages. It would require customers to be given a $25 account credit/per day and $250 for any food and medication that spoils during an outage that lasts more than 96 hours (4 days).

The bill would also require PURA  to implement financial based incentives and penalties for how utility companies perform.

The bill will now move to the Senate for approval. 

Read the bill by clicking here