Eversource and Why We Need Better Leadership
Updated: Oct 22, 2020
2020 has been a difficult year and it feels as though each month as some new, terrible surprise waiting for us. Like many of you, I lost power and internet, and I still remain without both. I have had to get creative to keep the campaign moving along.
As a mother of four children, I know that responding to Isaias starts at home: you must hold down jobs, pay bills, look for ice, internet, or cell access, and many of you do this while you raise kids, from babies to teenagers. I believe this perspective matters and is not heard enough.
The systemic, debilitating failures of Eversource and Cablevision are not matters of politics, photo-ops and hand-wringing. They are matters we will all discuss at our kitchen tables, and that's where meaningful, customer-oriented reforms begin. The majority party in Hartford has entirely failed to deliver, and we all deserve better than this.
We see instances like this every day where the mismanagement in Hartford has real consequences in our lives. This is why I'm running to be your next state senator, and why I need your vote this Tuesday, August 11th. I will be a true spokesperson for our district and our communities in the statehouse, not someone representing their party's larger interests and receiving political cover on votes to make them look like a moderate. This is what we see in our district's incumbent.
After Sandy, Connecticut residents were promised that Eversource's response to storms would be quicker, more efficient, and more effective. In order to ensure that would be the case, Eversource committed to being more prepared and able to deal with storms like Isaias. Clearly, they were not prepared. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority of Connecticut (PURA) is tasked with holding Eversource accountable for their claims and any breaches of regulation.
There are a variety of steps that can be taken quickly. First, make PURA independent again and remove it from the DEEP. Second, reinstall a consumer advocate at PURA and restore the organization's role as rate watchdog. Third, break down Eversource's monopoly power, or at least prevent it from expanding its power in Connecticut.
Eversource needs to be held to account for a system that clearly is not working. If I am elected as the 26th District State Senator, this will be on of my highest priorities. Connecticut is heavily taxed and regulated. Small businesses don't have the resources, nor do they receive the leniency of Eversource. It is simply unacceptable for this continue given how much we pay for everything in this state.
Stay safe and healthy, Kim Healy