Former California Utility Executive To Replace Raymond Necci At CL&P

The Hartford Courant

A former executive of California's largest utility will replace Raymond P. Necci as president and chief operating officer of Connecticut Light & Power Co. after the longtime Northeast Utilities executive retires.

NU announced Thursday that Jeff Butler, 53, a former senior vice president of San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Co., will take the reins of its CL&P subsidiary from 57-year-old Necci on July 1. Necci is retiring after 33 years with NU, according to a statement from the company.

Butler, who was responsible for PG&E's energy delivery segment, arrives as CL&P gears up for a massive overhaul of its transmission system that includes a controversial $714 million power line from northern Bloomfield through East Granby and into Suffield.

Under Necci, CL&P navigated ongoing changes in the electricity market brought about by restructuring. During the past two years, CL&P revamped its customer service after an investigation by regulators into how the company handled customer concerns about the accuracy if its meters. The concerns were first reported in The Courant's Watchdog columns.

Butler is a registered professional engineer and received his bachelor's degree in electrical and electronic engineering from California State University, Chico, the company said.

Charles W. Shivery, NU's chairman, president and chief executive officer, said Butler would "play a critical role in delivering operational excellence and a positive experience for our CL&P customers."

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