Friday, November 2, 2012

Cuomo Warns Utility Companies

Nice to have a governor who will stand up to these guys:
Governor Andrew Cuomo sent a letter Wednesday to seven utility companies across New York State urging them to provide safe and adequate ulitity services in a timely manner.

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In the letter, Cuomo warns the companies of what could happen should they have not been prepared for the storm.

“Under such circumstances, I would direct the Public Service Commission to commence a proceeding to revoke your Certificates. With respect to the Long Island Power Authority, I will make every change necessary to ensure it lives up to its public responsibility. It goes without saying that such failures would warrant the removal of the management responsible for such colossal misjudgments,” Cuomo says in the letter.
Utility companies are notoriously slow when it comes to adopting new technology and upgrading infrastructure, as it tends to eat into their profit margins (on the other hand, their billing departments are models of efficiency). And they have us by the short ones. It's not like we can suddenly decide to do without electricity, can we?

So, thanks, Andy, for sticking up for ratepayers.

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