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Letter: Vet PSEG-LI on Caithness II

PSEG Long Island has found that the proposed

PSEG Long Island has found that the proposed Caithness II power plant in Yaphank "will not be needed." This is the Caithness I plant in Yaphank on Jan. 20, 2010. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Now that the Department of Public Service has exposed PSEG Long Island's rate-hike plan as full of hot air, we should be even more wary of the company's dubious claims ["Rate-hike rebuttal," News, May 15].

When PSEG claimed last summer that Long Island has enough power for the next five years, in contrast to the previous findings of the Long Island Power Authority, its assumptions weren't vetted.

The utility didn't disclose that if we don't build any additional on-Island capacity, we will continue to import about a third of our electricity from off-island sources, including occasionally and indirectly from plants that PSEG owns and profits from. No wonder PSEG opposes the Caithness II project. Caithness II would help Long Island make more of its own power.

Gail Lynch-Bailey, Middle Island

Editor's note: The writer is the president of the Longwood Alliance, a community organization.