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Letter: Bring upstate hydropower to LI

Power lines seen at sunrise in Melville on

Power lines seen at sunrise in Melville on Jan. 11, 2013. Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile

The Long Island Power Authority's electric rates are among the highest in the nation ["LIPA issues $2.1B in debt," News, Dec. 18]. Enough already.

Here's a suggestion: Our elected representatives should look into the prospect of securing low-cost electric power from the publicly owned, New York Power Authority hydroelectric plants near Niagara Falls. Some of that power already goes to Long Island municipal utilities in Rockville Centre, Freeport and Greenport.

The hydroelectric plant also supplies electricity to local governments and state agencies, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. New Jersey?

Am I missing something here? Aren't we Long Islanders part of New York?

John Vullo, Bohemia