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Letter: Redesign the electric grid for a new market

A PSEG Long Island truck on July 10,

A PSEG Long Island truck on July 10, 2014. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

The Long Island Power Authority’s decoupling charge [“Power supplies and LIPA bills,” Editorial, Aug. 29] is another ploy invented to continue a steady stream of revenue as the marketplace for electric energy rapidly changes.

During the Shoreham nuclear plant fiasco, LIPA’s predecessor, the Long Island Lighting Co., resorted to charging for construction work in progress, which allowed the utility to collect money in advance from Long Island ratepayers for the cost, even when the future of the plant was questionable. Consumers lost millions of dollars, and the project delayed tough decisions.

People are conserving or producing their own power. The question Newsday should ask is not whether PSEG Long Island is justified in collecting a decoupling charge, but rather what must be done to redesign the electric grid for the decentralized energy market that is surely coming.

George Hoffman, Setauket


I am deeply concerned that the state Department of Public Service allowed PSEG Long Island to increase the decoupling charge to Long Island customers [“Power supplies and LIPA bills,” Editorial, Aug. 29].

I try very hard to limit my electricity use, only to have my rates increased. This isn’t right. If PSEG loses revenue because people are conserving, the company should not be allowed to increase the decoupling charge to compensate.

Let the high-salaried executives and managers reduce their salaries and benefits. We electricity users on Long Island are fed up with the Department of Public Service’s rubber stamp.

Allen Brown, Smithtown


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