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Coakley battles utility over cost of response to storms

Attorney General Martha Coakley has asked state utility regulators to reject a request by Western Massachusetts Electric Co. for $20 million from a storm fund to recover the costs of responding to major weather events that occurred from 2008 to 2011, including Tropical Storm Irene.

Depending on what regulators approve, some or all of the utility’s reimbursement request could be collected from customers through a charge on their bills. Coakley asked regulators to cut the amount to be recovered to about $4.2 million.

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