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Letters: Guv's LIPA plan not best option

A LIPA subcontracted worker works on restoring power

A LIPA subcontracted worker works on restoring power lines as night falls in Merrick. (Nov. 13, 2012) Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

There is no good reason to hang on to the Long Island Power Authority ["Imperfect solution for LIPA," Editorial, May 26]. LIPA's debt should be securitized and repaid over time. To continue to feed the debt beast would be unwise.

Long Islanders would be better off if they could buy electricity from several competing providers. There is no need for a supply monopoly. What if homeowners could buy electricity directly from solar and wind generators? Wouldn't that also advance an environmental agenda?

Rather than thinking of LIPA as a utility, I suggest that we would be better off by thinking of LIPA as a distribution system for electric power generated by a variety of suppliers. Giving Long Islanders a choice would drive rates down and could open Long Island for new investment.

It's time to start over, not to continue kicking the LIPA can around.

Thomas Bjurlof, Port Jefferson

Editor's note: The writer was a paid consultant to the village mayor's energy task force.

Kudos to Assemb. Steven Englebright (D-Setauket) and Edward Hennessey (D-East Moriches) for speaking out against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's LIPA plan. They're right, it's a bad bill ["Issues with plan," News, May 22].

The rate freeze is a gimmick that ratepayers will ultimately pay for. LIPA's highly respected clean energy-renewable energy program would be gutted, and Long Islanders would lose local control over our utility.

We need these Assembly members and other elected officials to call for public hearings on Long Island before any LIPA reorganization plan is voted on.

George Hoffman, Setauket