Newsday's June 12 editorial "LIPA 'advisory committee' wouldn't help hold rates" and June 15 editorial cartoon, "Jurassic World," continue the newspaper's shortsighted view of the benefits of repowering existing plants on Long Island, including the Northport power plant.
Repowering presents us with the opportunity to use brownfields to produce cheaper, more efficient power for Long Island ratepayers. It's a far more environmentally friendly solution than building new plants.
Repowering plants would alleviate the need for the Long Island Power Authority and National Grid, the owner of these plants, to pay additional taxes at new sites. This could provide a basis for settling the existing tax certiorari actions in Huntington and Brookhaven, by allowing the investment in repowering to go forward without increasing the assessment on existing plants. This would prevent the possible draconian impact of these tax suits on school districts such as Northport-East Northport, while saving LIPA millions of dollars in new property taxes. In short, it could be a win-win for taxpayers and ratepayers.
We don't understand Newsday's opposition to an advisory committee on Long Island's energy future. After all, isn't that why LIPA was created -- to give Long Islanders a voice? And hasn't LIPA's failure to represent Long Islanders' wishes been the source of much of Newsday's criticism?
Frank P. Petrone, Mark Cuthbertson
Editor's note: The writers are, respectively, the Huntington Town supervisor and a member of the town board.