UI: Power Back to 50% in Dark by End of Day

The company said they are ahead of schedule. The company estimates to be able to restore power to 95 percent of customers by Monday at 11:59 p.m.

United Illuminating believes they can restore electricity to 35,000-40,000 customers by the end of today, cutting the amount of current outages approximately in half.        

As of 10:30 a.m., 73,000 – and 22 percent – of UI customers were without electricity due to widespread damage by Hurricane Sandy. During the peak of the hurricane’s damage, 200,000 UI customers in the Bridgeport and New Haven areas were without electricity.

James Torgeson, CEO of United Illuminating Holdings, said the company exceeded its goal of restoring electricity to 20,000-25,000 customers on Thursday when the lights were turned on for 27,000 customers.

The projection of restoring power to 95 percent of customers by 11:59 p.m. on Monday is still the goal.

“We still believe that will be the case,” Torgeson said at a 10 a.m. press conference at UI’s headquarters in Orange. “Hopefully we’ll do better than that.”

Torgeson said that the company’s employees worked until midnight on Thursday and started at 6 a.m. on Friday. “We’re working as hard as we can.”

UI issued these safety reminders in a press release:

  • Assume downed, damaged or dangling power lines are live and dangerous.
  • Avoid anything in which these power lines might be in contact, such as trees or fences.
  • Keep children and pets indoors and away from danger.
  • Be mindful of the smell of natural gas.
Chris Incontro November 02, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Now that the pressure from Gov. Malloy to UI has them under the microscope... they are now having their workers work longer than the "16 hour day" that they first reported. Hello... we have NO POWER... and with that NO HEAT in our houses! All of our small children are getting colds and are crying through the night! HELP US TODAY! Nichols Trumbull Resident
W Matt November 02, 2012 at 04:44 PM
These UI guys are saying that they are working overtime n all but there wasn't much going on in trumbull, not a lot of trees fell or anything but where is the power and today is friday. What would have happenned if something that was disastrous came about. Trumbull resident.
GJ November 02, 2012 at 04:59 PM
UI keeps telling that they are on it, but no progress. Ya it Friday and where is the power ??. With so little impact of Sandy on Trumbull, why does it take such a long time. This does not make any sense, even towns in NJ that was hit hard them Trumbull got their power back Wednesday. Even MTA is up and running . - Whitney Trumbull Resident - Need Power
A.Hale November 02, 2012 at 05:50 PM
where does the ceo get his information from ???? not much visibility of any ui workers in trumbull. as far as the ceo ? his statements are CYA... his replies are canned with no facts to back it up - not as far as trumbull is concerned.
Mark E Smith November 02, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Patience GJ. What doesn't makes sense is that you had a huge hurricane that was a 1000 miles wide with high winds, floods and micro-bursts attack our region with over a 5 million people affected and you think there is nothing being done because YOU don't have power. A bit self centered when there are people along the coast who lost their homes and sadly a Fireman in Easton who got killed. As one who has driven around this town knows there are alot of trees down on wires. Here in Tashua just on Madison Ave. alone there are six locations where large trees have fallen on the wires and broke them. As I listen to twitter and Facebook, I hear from my friends who live all over Trumbull their status and yes they are getting starting to get power. I think that the State, UI, CL&P and the local officials are doing a great job even if I don't have power yet. Keep up the good work.
GJ November 02, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Mark, Agreed we had a huge hurricane. Feel bad and sorry for the people who lost their homes, it is really heart breaking, sincere prayers. What i was trying to say was UI could have done a better job. Comparing the volume of customers that lost power between CL&P and UI, CL&P did a way better job then UI and a lot of CL&P customers are already up and running. Not much visibility of UI workers in Trumbull.
DS November 02, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Mark..spare us your comments.. WE KNOW this was a huge storm etc. but their response Seems to get worse for the Trumbull area. I agree with some of the posts here that there aren't many trucks in the area doing work. And I wonder how many workers were diverted to Bridgeport since that douche Bill Finch tried to play the race card ? I hope this isn't a resutl of what's happening in New Jersey where non union workers are being turned away..
PA November 02, 2012 at 10:54 PM
From PA: Dear UI Management: Some parts of Reservoir Ave (closer to White Plains Rd) in Trumbull were able to restore power on Wed eve at 6 pm; the south of the overpass on Reservoir Avenue has no power. There are businesses that employs several people along Reservoir Ave in Trumbull and losing significant revenue due to this extended outage which has now lasted till Friday evening with no hope in sight. Would you please explain why this area of Reservoir Avenue in Trumbull has the last priority even though adjacent areas of Reservoir Ave closer to White Plains Rd had power restored on Wed? The business is losing revenue . Consequently, the State and Federal Govt will lose significant source of tax revenue. Would you please consider the importance and please act on it to restore power in the area ? Thank you for paying attention.
CM November 03, 2012 at 10:44 AM
In general if you look at outage numbers trumbull continues to be a LOW priority for UI. What's with that Timmy H??? Still out as of Saturday morning in Porters Hill area. Lucky to have generator but gas bill is about $50/day . C'mon Timmy!!!
Raj Pillay November 03, 2012 at 12:19 PM
UI is doing a shoddy job at restoring power for Trumbull. I live on Park Lane and they switched off power after the storm on Tuesday. When I enquired, I was told some down trees and re-energizing the lines. Also they couldnt even provide an ETA. Now, how can there be no progress at all for so many days?. I don't see any UI workers in my area which means they just switched off and moved to other towns. UI is an inefficient monopoly. I hope Gov Malloy can apply pressure and get these companies to sign up for more stringent SLAs - maybe even get the executive management at UI fired It is also time for all of us to ratchet the pressure on our elected representatives to drastically change the structure. Also we need to seriously consider solar power and reduce our dependence on these incompetent organizations - for that the Gov need to encourage this transition.
George November 03, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Why are people under the impression that there was minimal damage done in Trumbull?!?! We got completely slammed up in the Lake Ave - Madison Ave area. Check your facts before you post. UI has been here since Wednesday untangling trees all over the place here that were mangled in wires.
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Raj Pillay November 03, 2012 at 03:32 PM
George - I am not under any impression / notion here. Working on something for mang says doesn't tell anything - they are professionals - results matter and the Facts speak for itself - (1) the rate of progress in Trumbull is the slowest compared to other towns. (2) there are not enough professionals doing the job in parallel - too few hands. Even 2 days after the storm, they did not have an ETA. This shows their lack of planning - in emergencies like these, organizations have different plans for different scenarios and I believe UI had a pretty bad plan, to start with. If you are happy with the situation, that's your choice. I am not happy with how they have handled this emergency - and I am entitled to that opinion.
Chris Incontro November 03, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Well here we are... it's Saturday, Nov.3rd... still no power. Weather will dip to almost 30 degrees tonight.. another night to huddle the little ones so their colds don't get any worse. Just like last year... the Nichols area of Trumbull gets to be last... Just called UI and was told that we will have power by Monday evening, Nov. 5th... the last area to be restored. This is outrageous... thanks for the no help Tim. Primrose Road Resident


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