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Long Island Power Authority Could Terminate PSEG Contract Following Critical Report

Power Lines
Erika Wittlieb

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.

Desiree reports on the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families for WSHU as part of the American Homefront project. Born and raised in Connecticut, she now calls Long Island home.