At LIPA’s last Trustee Strategic Review Workshop it was restated that the authority would be moving forward with making decisions on its future structure and the Management Services contract by September 22. Since these are probably the most important decisions LIPA will probably make and with vacant Board positions and no CEO, let alone, no finalized version of the Brattle Report for which LIPA will base its decision on, this rush to judgment is unreasonable, impractical and ill-advised.
Before anything can be decided, a comprehensive management audit of LIPA’s operations and practices must first be conducted along with the Governor’s announced State Inspector General audit. Only then will the root causes underlying all of LIPA’s current problems and faulty performance become evident. How can you move to restructure an organization to fix things when you really do not have a solid idea of what you are trying to fix.
First things first and in this case what LIPA immediately needs to do is negotiate an extension to its MSA contract with National Grid. This would provide the time needed to complete audits of the authority to determine where things went wrong and then proceed on a measured pace to develop an appropriate structure and contract for the future. With among the highest rates in the country, LI ratepayers cannot afford to live with continuing LIPA miscalculations born out of haste.