Long Island Power Authority Could Terminate PSEG Contract Following Critical Report
The Long Island Power Authority criticized PSEG’s response to Tropical Storm Isaias this summer, according to a new report released this week. LIPA could terminate their contract with PSEG-Long Island.
Mismanagement. Failed communication. Lack of transparency. These are a few of the findings from the LIPA task force investigating PSEG-LI's response to widespread outages after Isaias.
The report says PSEG-LI officials knew of significant problems with its outage management system for several weeks before the August 4 storm hit.
State Senator Todd Kaminsky, who called for a state probe of PSEG-LI’s response, called the report shocking.
“It’s really troubling that they didn’t have their stuff together during a major storm. But here we are months later, about to head into the winter season, and they still don’t have their stuff together,” Kaminsky said.
LIPA gave PSEG-LI 100 recommendations to avoid future failures. LIPA CEO Thomas Falcone said they plan to either re-negotiate PSEG-LI’s contract, or terminate it.
A PSEG-Long Island spokesperson said the utility recognizes that it did not perform well and is committed to understanding what went wrong.