WOODBURY - LIPA board members voted today to allow PSEG to take over the Long Island electric grid after National Grid's contract expires. LIPA board members also approved a $3.7 billion for 2012 budget that includes a 1.5-percent rate hike for most customers. The hike amounts to about $2 more per month for most Long Islanders. PSEG will take over the power distribution system in 2014. The LIPA board says the move will save $100 million over the length of the contract with PSEG. PSEG says it will bring a new higher level of customer service to the Island building on its reputation, which it says is one of the best in the nation.

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