LIPA, not ready for prime time

The LIPA map of Long Island says it.

Lipa is a government-owned utility.  And people are suspicious of FEMA?  But its funny that this is a target of the anger with the power situation.  They demand government intervention to solve the problems. Then you have their subcontractor’s officials saying things like “I am completely comfortable” with the performance so far.

LIPA’s logo is “A committment to Superior service, accountability and transparency.”

Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide highly reliable and economical electric service through our valued workforce with a commitment to superior customer service, accountability and transparency in all of our operations, while being recognized as a leader in the advancement of efficiency and renewable energy.

But the reports are completely contrary to their statement. They run old mainframe computers and use antiquated paper maps. And then the company officials cannot even face people at a press conference. They send their subcontractor (National Grid) out to give statements. Transparency? Even when there is a mining disaster a company spokesperson is provided.

LIPA is: A non-profit municipal electric provider, owns the retail electric Transmission and Distribution System on Long Island and provides electric service to more than 1.1 million customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. LIPA is the 2nd largest municipal electric utility in the nation in terms of electric revenues, 3rd largest in terms of customers served and the 7th largest in terms of electricity delivered. In 2010, LIPA outperformed all other overhead electric utilities in New York State for frequency of service interruptions, and ranked second for duration of service interruptions. LIPA does not provide natural gas service or own any on-island generating assets.

Outperformed all other OVERHEAD electric utilities in NY? Notice they did not mention 2011 when Irene swept through. Then the spokesman for the subcontractor says he is “completly comfortable” with their response. They aren’t even admitting problems. Some municipal electric provider.

Wikipedia: “LIPA caught much media criticism in their response to Super Storm Sandy.[and Irene] This raised questions about government-owned corporations and the monopoly they form.”

This was a previous article in July questioning the capabilities of LIPA in a disaster situation.

Long Island Press Cover Story: How Will LIPA and National Grid Handle LI’s Next Hurricane?

Concerning local environmentalists, energy advocates and politicians are revelations questioning LIPA’s ability to meet the Island’s growing energy demands as well as resolve criticisms regarding its current management structure, power contracts and emergency response—many of which were detailed in recently released audits commissioned by New York State and Suffolk County.
In the immediate days ahead, Raacke, like every Long Islander, can only hope that during this hurricane season—which lasts until Nov. 30—LIPA and National Grid, the British-based contractor that runs the transmission system and the gas power generation here, won’t repeat last year’s mistakes, which left thousands of customers in the dark for up to nine days, drawing heat from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who told National Grid after Irene hit on Aug. 28 to “get the power on now!”

Long Island elected officials joined in the governor’s denunciation, and their outrage over the outage may have influenced LIPA’s Board of Trustees’ decision last fall to award its $3.9-billion contract to run the electric system to PSEG, a New Jersey-based utility, which will take over from Nat Grid on Jan. 1, 2014. Complicating matters, Nat Grid will still maintain and operate its natural gas and power generation facilities on LI, retaining some 1,200 to 1,300 workers, which adds to the confusion about what will happen when the next hurricane comes and PSEG needs more emergency crews to handle downed electric lines.

Why LIPA failed: Utility ignored warnings it wasn’t ready for major storm

Originally published: November 8, 2012

The Long Island Power Authority’s agonizingly slow response to Sandy came after warnings as far back as 2006 that the utility was unprepared to handle a major storm, failed to upgrade antiquated technology, neglected vital maintenance and regularly underbudgeted for storm response.

A state report and a review of records show that the regional utility lagged behind industry standards by not using smartphones and digital tablets — and at times even printers or fax machines — in favor of pen-and-paper memos and dial-up Internet access.

The utility’s critically important power outage management system, which helps direct the recovery response, operates on a 25-year-old mainframe computer that was cited as one of the biggest shortcomings in the utility’s response to Tropical Storm Irene in August of last year.

America’s mayor calls out America’s failure, Obama

WATCH: Rudy Giuliani Hammers Obama At Romney Rally in Ohio: “He Should Resign”…”He Lied”


November 3, 2012
Rudy Giuiliani enraged

He doesn’t want a second term he wants a second chance because he screwed it up the first time” Rudy said at the Romney rally in West Chester, Ohio

(CNN) Not long after taking a few seconds of silence for those affected by Superstorm Sandy, Rudy Giuliani began ripping into President Barack Obama on Friday while speaking at major campaign event for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in Ohio.

The former New York City mayor delivered a series of blistering zingers against the president, rallying the massive crowd with line after line of reasons why Obama should “resign” and faulting him for “incompetence” over the Libya consulate attacks.


Rudy ties it all together. “They should be ashamed of themselves!”