I work for the local electric company. Storms like this are extremely political here, and everyone gets nervous. The result is paying out a ton of unnecessary overtime so they can announce on cable news the number of people they have ready to go at any given time.
CL&P's CEO lost his job over the october snow storm lasty year. this years CEO put out the word on local radio that they already requested 2,000 lineman and 700 tree crews from out west. he is in total CYA mode.
with that said, being out of power for 9 days becuase he wanted to save money last year was a big problem around here. it got very cold with all that snow.
we don't know if the over time is a waste or not yet, but better to be ready than get caught with your pants down