LIPA SHOULD PURSUE DELAYING ITS ORGANIZATIONAL DECISION


LIPA is approaching a self imposed deadline this week of 10/27 to choose a new organizational structure. Realistically, they will decide pretty much on whether or not to continue its current mode of operation with an outside contractor performing most of LIPA’s operating functions, or to become a full scale municipal utility with direct responsibilities for all workers.
 
There is a third alternative, however: LIPA could pursue a more prudent course of action and delay the decision. This would allow additional time to select a new CEO and fill its vacant Board positions. It would also afford the utility an opportunity to benefit from the yet to be completed State Inspector General’s audit of LIPA ordered by the Governor.
 
During a delay LIPA could also take measures to strengthen its oversight of National Grid, the current operator of the utility’s system, to prevent abuses which have recently come to light.
 
The decision at hand is complex and extremely important. It will affect not only how electricity service is provided but the economy of Long Island as well. Hopefully, LIPA will make a wise move this Thursday and buy itself some time to ultimately make the right decision.

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LIPA Oversight Committee was created to analyze the rates and practices to determine if it is working in the best interests of the Suffolk County ratepayers
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