New proposal eyes PSE&G as LIPA replacement

PSE&G will take over LIPA's electrical transmission and distribution system from National Grid in 2014. But now there's another proposal to have PSE&G take over

PSE&G will take over LIPA's electrical transmission and

PSE&G will take over LIPA's electrical transmission and distribution system from National Grid in 2014. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

WOODBURY - A new plan could replace LIPA with a New Jersey-based power company.

PSE&G will take over LIPA's electrical transmission and distribution system from National Grid in 2014. But now there's another proposal to have PSE&G take over most of the day-to-day operations in order to lower electric rates.

LIPA trustee Matthew Cordaro worries that having a private company like PSE&G take over a municipal power authority would be a difficult transition, especially with LIPA's $9 billion debt from the now-closed Shoreham nuclear power plant. Suffolk County Energy Committee chairman Wayne Horsley says that debt is funded with low-interest, municipal-backed loans. Horsley questions how the debt would be restructured by a private company.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has previously discussed privatizing LIPA, but appears to be backing away from giving PSE&G total control.

Cuomo's press office confirms it is looking at the proposal but says it is exploring all options.

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