CL&P moving ahead with plan to relocate out of Greenwich

The equipment associated with CL&P will likely soon be a memory as the utility is planning its move out of Greenwich. — Ken Borsuk photo

The equipment associated with CL&P will likely soon be a memory as the utility is planning its move out of Greenwich. — Ken Borsuk photo

Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) is moving forward with its plans to close its Greenwich service center and the Board of Selectmen isn’t happy about it.

At the board’s July 10 meeting, First Selectman Peter Tesei discussed a meeting he had with representatives from the utility on June 20 about the closure. CL&P had previously announced its plans to close the service center on Railroad Avenue, claiming it would create more efficiency to relocate the employees to Stamford and have them be more mobile. CL&P says this will provide more flexibility and will not result in a longer response time to emergencies, but Mr. Tesei and his colleagues have doubted that since the plan was first announced last October.

“We continue to express our dissatisfaction with this decision,” Mr. Tesei said. “We have a strong sense this is going to result in longer response times for us as a community as customers. They have shared with us their redeployment plan in terms of when they have staff on call and in the field. It sounds very encouraging when they tell this to you, but seeing is believing and we’re going to have to carefully monitor incidents as they occur and see what the time frame is in responding.”

CL&P spokesman Mitch Gross told the Post this week that the expectation is that the utility will have closed the service center by the end of the year. No update about the timing of a potential sale was given, though Mr. Gross said that several “interested parties” had called about the property.

As for service, Mr. Gross assured that the utility would remain fully staffed in the area with the ability to mobilize quickly both during the day and during after-hours incidents.

“Whenever something happens we will be able to respond,” Mr. Gross said.

Mr. Tesei added at the July 10 meeting that he understood where CL&P was coming from and had heard the contention it would make service better but stressed that just the fact of the extra distance from moving the center to Stamford from Greenwich made him skeptical.

As Greenwich has endured a series of strong storms in recent years there has been heavy criticism of CL&P for long-term outages among Greenwich customers. However, that has improved and last winter saw a reduction in complaints.

[email protected]

By participating in the comments section of this site you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and User Agreement

© Hersam Acorn. All rights reserved. The Greenwich Post, 10 Corbin Drive, Floor 3, Darien, CT 06820

Designed by WPSHOWER

Powered by WordPress