Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations
Chair: Senator Carl L. Marcellino
Public Hearing: The Future of LIPA – To examine the best course of action to ensure the
residents of Long Island receive the electrical and customer service that they
deserve at affordable prices
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany,
Time: 11:00 A.M.
Contact: Debbie Peck Kelleher (518) 455-2390
Media Contact: Kathy Wilson (516) 922-1811
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATIONS
AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Oral Testimony by Invitation Only
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building
Albany, New York
SUBJECT: The Future of the Long Island Power Authority
PURPOSE: To examine the best course of action to ensure the residents of Long Island receive the electrical and customer service that they deserve at affordable prices.
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) currently provides electricity to more than 1.1 million customers in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties. As a non-profit municipal electric provider, LIPA owns the electric transmission and distribution system on Long Island. National Grid USA maintains LIPAs transmission and distribution system under a management services agreement.
LIPA’s inability to provide its customers with respectable and responsible service in a timely manner has come under serious review. Furthermore, the utilities ability to continue servicing its customers is in doubt and proposals are being developed for the future of LIPA.
On November 13, 2012, Governor Cuomo established a Moreland Commission to investigate New York’s power utilities’ preparation and response to major storms that have devastated parts of State over the past two years; mainly Tropical Storm Irene and Superstorm Sandy. On January 7, 2013, The Commission released a preliminary report on Utility Storm Preparation and Response. The Commission considered three options: an investor-owned utility, LIPA assuming authority to manage system and operations, or having an existing public authority assumes the responsibility of running the system. The Commission favored privatizing LIPA as the best option. On January 9, 2013, Governor Cuomo concurred with the Commission’s assessment, recommending the privatization of LIPA in his Annual State of the State Address.
The purpose of this Committee Hearing is to investigate future of the Long Island Power Authority. The Investigations and Government Operations and Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committees will convene to examine what issues should be considered when changing the structure of LIPA and how to handle issues, such as the utility’s massive debt.
Oral testimony will be accepted by invitation only and limited to 10 minutes in duration. 15 copies of any prepared testimony should be submitted at the hearing registration desk. The Committee requests advance receipt of prepared statements. Written testimony will also be accepted and may be sent to the contact person listed on the reply form. In order to further publicize the hearing, please inform interested parties of the Committee’s interest in receiving written testimony from all sources.
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Senator Carl L. Marcellino Senator Michael Ranzenhofer
Committee on Investigations Committee on Corporations, Authorities
and Government Operations and Commissions