For Immediate Release - July 31, 2012

Statement of Attorney General Martha Coakley on Passage of Storm Response Bill by Legislature

Responding to the House and Senate passage of the bill, An Act Relative to Emergency Response of Public Utility Companies, Attorney General Martha Coakley issued the following statement:

“The passage of this storm response bill by the House and Senate is a major victory for utility consumers in Massachusetts. This bill will ensure that direct rate relief is provided to customers who have been harmed by inadequate emergency storm response and greatly assist our efforts to protect ratepayers by holding utilities accountable for safety and reliability at reasonable costs. I applaud the Legislature for passing this important bill and greatly appreciate the work of the Energy Committee to draft this legislation under the leadership of Chairmen Downing and Keenan.”

In January, AG Coakley sent a letter to the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy urging that the bill include language that would direct all penalties paid by utilities back to impacted customers through rate credits.

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