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State fines 3 power providers $25m

Cites outages during 2011 storms; 2 utilities vow appeals

In an unprecedented move, state regulators imposed nearly $25 million in fines Tuesday against three power companies for their response to two major storms last year, saying the utilities’ missteps had left thousands in the dark for days on end.

State officials levied the stiffest sanction, $18.7 million, on National Grid, citing “systematic and fundamental failures” in its preparation and response to Tropical Storm Irene and last October’s surprise snowstorm, which caused extensive damage to large swaths of the state.

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