LIPA gives National Grid lead role during storm

A "spike" in the cost of natural gas

A "spike" in the cost of natural gas will trigger an average $13 increase in the average electric bill next month, LIPA said at a trustees meeting. (Nov. 12, 2012) (Credit: AP)

The Long Island Power Authority is giving contractor National Grid control over managing its response to the coming winter storm, the utility said Thursday.

It's the first time since its 1998 creation that the embattled LIPA will cede control of operations and its public face during a potential emergency. National Grid and its predecessor, KeySpan, have always operated the electric grid for...

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