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Rep. Courtney Statement on Eversource Change in Policy Towards Crumbling Foundations Victims

August 23, 2019
Press Release

VERNON, CT – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) welcomed the announcement by Eversource that the company has reconsidered its practice of charging homeowners to reactivate gas lines before moving back into their homes following repairs related to crumbling concrete foundations:

“Kudos to Vice Chairman John Betkoski at the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority [PURA] for working with Eversource to take prompt action to end charging disconnection fees to homeowners who are repairing crumbling foundations,” said Congressman Courtney. “PURA met with Eversource today, and secured an agreement to cease this practice. I spoke with PURA earlier this week after news reports first broke on this situation, and encouraged them to carry out the mission of the agency: to protect consumers from unforeseen disasters and charges. I’m glad to see they turned around and got the job done.”

Eastern Connecticut residents moving back into their homes following crumbling concrete foundations repairs have recently reported being charged with “surprise bills” from Eversource to reactivate their gas lines. The situation was first reported on by News 8’s George Colli.