Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is threatening to revoke state licenses for PSEG Long Island and Con Edison, arguing the two companies did what he called “a bad job” after the storm. Tropical Isaias.
“It’s a technical term – a bad job,” Cuomo said during Monday’s briefings. “They were unprepared and did not foresee what going online quickly will lose, and… nothing new here.”
Cuomo said an ongoing Public Services Commission investigation could result in fines, refunds or worse for utilities.
He said he was “as serious as a heart attack. PSEG, you know that your trading rights may be revoked. And that̵7;s a real possibility, ”said Cuomo.
PSEG CEO Dan Eichhorn declined to comment on Cuomo’s threat of revoking PSEG’s franchise in the state. Eichhorn said PSEG is talking with LIPA about the prospect of compensating customers for the loss of medicine and food due to power outages, although no plans or final decisions have been made on compensation yet.
Cuomo, who held the PSEG appointment after super typhoon Sandy forced the LIPA to find a new grid manager to replace National Grid, said he was disappointed with the utility’s performance.
“No excuse to say,” Oh, everyone’s tension and the mutual support system “to get more crew to help recover the power outage” has been lengthened. We know it will happen. It’s inevitable and that’s what they have to prepare for. “
Cuomo also had problems with the communication problems of the utilities.
“It’s not an excuse to say, ‘We were overwhelmed with calls,’ he said. “Of course you have been overwhelmed with calls. That’s what happens after the storm and when the power goes out.
Cuomo said he told the Public Service Commission “as drastic as the law would allow, because the people of New York were fed up. Especially Nassau and the areas under Con Ed’s jurisdiction. They are fed up and they are right. “
PSEG power outages are split between 50-50 in Nassau and Suffolk, PSEG reports on its online map. Con Edison, which serves New York City and some of its northern suburbs, has also struggled to restore electricity in the aftermath of the storm.
PSEG Long Island’s agreement to operate the regional power grid for LIPA is unusual as LIPA is a state agency and PSEG is an investor-owned company. Unlike all other investor-owned utilities, neither the LIPA nor PSEG fall under the direct jurisdiction of the PSC, instead being a lighter “review and proposition” monitor of the Service Department. Public state.
PSEG has a long term service contract with LIPA which gives the agency the right to terminate the agreement under certain conditions, including PSEG’s “any failure or denial” to exercise “any meaning. any material service “under the contract. Under the contract, PSEG will have the right to “cure such incident” for up to 60 days before LIPA can terminate it.