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LIPA to Raise Rates

One month after it was hammered by customers over its hurricane response, the power authority said it's increasing how much customers will pay for power.

The Long Island Power Authority said higher fuel costs are forcing it to install a 2 percent rate hike starting in October.

The charge isn't much. The average customer will pay about $3 more per month.

But the announcement came only one month after Hurricane Irene knocked many Long Island residents off-line for a week. Power-starved customers were infuriated by their inability to reach LIPA, which tried to communicate with customers through Twitter. The response on the social media site wasn't always friendly. In fact, it was far from it.

LIPA said the latest increase does not take into account the $176 million it cost to restore service in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Some good news: The federal government is expected to reimburse LIPA for 75 percent of that cost.

James M. October 07, 2011 at 06:27 PM
"Carabou Love"? Really?
Mark Wilson October 07, 2011 at 07:05 PM
JMarshall, I guess it depends on what you want to interpret that statement you quoted above... First, there is NO reference to what Cuomo thought or didn't think in your quotes. Second, don't presume because LILCO is a public authority and it is called same, it doesn't necessarily mean that "the public" has ANY substanitive input into it's operation OR that "the public" supports whatever LILCO mandates. The only thing the public has any "power" in relation to LILCO is in having the privilege to pay it's rates and it's rate hikes ! This history has a different take on Mario and the establishment of LILCO...go to the middle of the page, starting with paragraph the words "Governor Cuomo's mobilization.." Page 224 http://books.google.com/books?id=DJkZgWKZaCUC&pg=PA224&lpg=PA224&dq=mario+cuomo+nuclear+power&source=bl&ots=iLWdoBGPTY&sig=y5M-TsDuIi6eEilDtJQoPu0X9KY&hl=en&ei=qUqPTtz3J4ro0QHsmIxD&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&r
Frank Mercuri October 07, 2011 at 08:52 PM
Since I am getting e-mails on this subject, which i delete most of the times, i have to repond to this last comment. LILCO ( Keyspan, national Grid ) is a utility where the public has no say so in what they do. LIPA is an authority which the public has little to say in what they do. so where does this leave one? Simply that rates will be going up and we will ahve to pay because of no competition. The notion that LIPA was established to keep rates down was a notion that was false. LIPA's cair and the board are govenor appointed. Its a stacked deck. We will always loose until we get real solid competition like cheaper oil( which we can drill for, coal which we can mine plenty of, and nuclear which works wonders elswhere. The poblem with Shoreham was that it was reaked with poor quality and the fact that no valid emergency system was put in place. The coruption continues by having rate payers pay for something they do not receive as a benifit .
James M. October 07, 2011 at 09:08 PM
http://books.google.com/books?id=mwsAAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA24&dq=SHoreham+Public+Outcry&hl=en&ei=iGmPTpfHCaL00gHyw8kn&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false Here's an article that states that one of the contributing factors was the Lloyd Harbor Study group that didn't like. Mark. Drop it. I can find articles that say it was the public and you can find articles that say it was Cuomo's fault. The reality is it doesn't matter who was responsible for killing it, just that it died and we are still paying it.
Mark Wilson October 08, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Tax Payers are at the mercy of a public authority, that was set up to be looted by politicians and political appointees. ANOTHER personal ATM Machine of Tax Payer Dollars ! When it comes to MONEY, THIS is where "bipartisanship" is genuine between Pols !

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