Posted by: Joseph Spector on lohud.com on Aug 16, 2012
National Grid today agreed to pay the state Public Service Commission nearly $1.7 million after the state Inspector General last month found that the company was doling out gifts to state employees.
The company paid about $7,000 in golf and meals for regulators at the Public Service Commission, the inspector general found. Two PSC workers resigned over the flap.
National Grid agreed to pay the $1.667 million today, and the company apologized and said the money could go back to ratepayers at the discretion of the PSC. Some of the money could also be used to do an “integrity audit.”
“The company has taken steps to ensure that such incidents do not happen again by enhancing its ethics training program and employee awareness,” the company said in the settlement agreement.