The state Department of Public Service held a public meeting Monday at the Riverhead Free Library to discuss PSEG’s rate increase plan. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)
Long Islanders are blasting PSEG Long Island’s proposed rate increase plan and say current utility costs are already too high.
About 85 people attended an informational session Monday night at the Riverhead Free Library to discuss PSEG’s three-year rate plan, which was followed by a hearing for public comment.
The proposed rate hike to the delivery charge portion of an average residential customer’s bill is a 3.8 percent increase in 2016, or $3.25 per month, according to a PSEG press release. In 2017 and 2018, the proposed increase is 3.9 percent, or $3.30 per month.
Supervisor Sean Walter and councilman George Gabrielsen at a recent town board work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
The lights have been dimmed, but they’re not being turned off.
At least, not yet.
Plans to build at least one peaker plant at the Enterprise Park at Calverton — to produce energy that would be sold to the Long Island Power Authority — are now on hold. But much remains in motion while LIPA decides whether renewable energy projects at the Calverton site are worthwhile, a decision that will affect Riverhead taxpayers directly, since balancing next year’s budget hinges, in part, on lease agreements with private power vendors at EPCAL. (more…)
The average Long Islander’s electric bill is expected to increase more than $15 next month due to a 27 percent hike on the power supply charge in their bills.
PSEG, which at the start of 2014 became the electric utility on Long Island under a scheme advanced by Governor Andrew Cuomo, is finally beginning to get an earful from its customers on the East End.
Traffic lights were out at the intersection of Cox Land and Route 48 Wednesday afternoon. Another outage hit the area Saturday. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)
UPDATE: Power was restored shortly before 3 p.m.
Original Story: Another power outage has wiped out electricity to a wide region of the North Fork, knocking out several traffic lights along Main Road during the busy Memorial Day weekend. (more…)
More than a year after Hurricane Sandy wiped out much of Long Island’s electrical grid, leaving residents in the dark for days, $1.4 billion in federal aid will help pay for upgrades and repairs to the region’s infrastructure, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week. (more…)
A LIPA official will be a guest speaker at the Wading River Civic meeting. (File photo by Jennifer Gustavson)
Are you wondering what LIPA’s role on Long Island is now that PSEG Long Island has taken over as the area’s energy provider? (more…)