As storms become more damaging, a debate grows over who should pay to get the lights back on

Two years ago, a storm rolled through Massachusetts, knocking out power for hundreds of thousands of residents. It cost National Grid $52 million to clean up and repair the damage.

The utility has since sought to recover those costs by boosting electric rates for its 1.4 million Massachusetts customers over the next five years. But last week, the Conservation Law Foundation filed a petition with the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) urging regulators to reject the utility’s request.

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