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Saturday, November 22, 2014
PSEG Long Island takes over January 1
by Laura Schofer

Goodbye National Grid. Hello PSEG Long Island. Beginning January 1,the Public Service Enterprise Group [PSEG] Long Island will manage the operation of the Long Island Power Authority’s [LIPA] electric transmission and distribution system.

“National Grid is out,” said Nassau County Legislator David Denenberg at a community meeting held recently at Seaford High School. “PSEG saw the same storm, but 96% of its customers who lost power were back in six days,” he said referring to New Jersey’s experience with superstorm Sandy. “Here more than 50% of Long Island residents still had no electric power for 14 days.”

But now there’s a new kid in town, one who promises to bring to LIPA’s 1.1 million customers on Long Island and the Rockaways “the reliable service and customer satisfaction we are known for in New Jersey,” said Daniel Eichhorn, vice president of customer services for PSEG Long Island. “We were named America’s Most Reliable Electric Utility five times in the last eight years and also won the ReliabilityOne Award. We believe that within five years we will be ranked in the top quarter for customer satisfaction here on Long Island. Our model has been successful in New Jersey and it will be successful here on Long Island. We have a plan,” he said.

The Plan

In December of 2011 PSEG Long Island LLC was selected by LIPA to manage LIPA’s electric transmission and distribution system, which has been handled by National Grid. There is a 12 year contract between PSEG LI and LIPA beginning January 1, 2014.

The Public Service Enterprise Group is a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of more than $10 billion and three principal subsidiaries PSEG Power, Pubic Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) and PSEG Energy Holdings.

PSEG Long Island LLC is a subsidiary of PSEG Energy Holdings.

Keywords
PSEG, LIPA
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