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Report: PSE&G Post-Sandy Efforts Easily Top LIPA

In comparison of two power companies, Newsday analysis finds that New Jersey utility restored power to nearly twice the number of customers using far less manpower.

In the weeks following Hurricane Sandy, the Long Island Power Authority’s response to the storm and its efforts to restore power to 1.1 million customers has been much discussed among politicians and residents alike.

But while LIPA’s task was daunting, a recent Newsday analysis comparing the response of LIPA and that of New Jersey’s PSE&G following Sandy show the latter completed nearly twice the work with half the manpower.

According to Newsday, PSE&G completed 2.1 million electric-service restorations after Sandy by Nov. 10, compared with LIPA’s 1.1 million completed restorations by Nov. 14.

As both power companies worked to turn the lights back on for their customers, LIPA did so utilizing 10,496 linemen and tree trimmers by Nov. 10, part of a total workforce of 14,000. PSE&G had 4,700 linemen and tree trimmers working at the same time.

Michael Hervey, out-going chief operating officer with LIPA, told Newsday that the “breadth and complexity” of the task facing the utility on Long Island following Sandy was part of the reason for the difference between the utility companies.

He also told Newsday LIPA had in excess of 40,000 damage locations. But Newsday’s analysis found that PSE&G worked to repair more than 60,000 damage locations.

In addition to PSE&G tackling a job nearly twice the size of LIPA’s with a third of the workforce, the Newsday analysis also found that the New Jersey utility did so for nearly one-quarter of the cost when compared to the Long Island utility.

Newsday reported that PSE&G spent between $250 million and $300 million to complete its post-Sandy work, replacing some 2,400 utility poles. LIPA spent approximately $950 million and replaced nearly 4,300 utility poles.

James Partlow December 11, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I've heard that PSE&G will be taking over LIPA shortly.If that is true all I can say is thank God.
Jason Jones December 11, 2012 at 02:44 PM
It appears that LIPA had twice the electrical poles to replace and the article also fails to point out Long Island has much more suburban year round communities that live on the water..the density of people in these areas as opposed to summer communities of New Jersey which are basically abandoned in some cases, after Labor day...several other unmentioned challenges in performing the re power job, why post an article which only compares money and time when there are so many other variables to the story....it's cheap and easy to do I guess
JOE MUELLER December 11, 2012 at 02:48 PM
WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO STEP INTO THE 21ST CENTURY AND BURY THE POWER LINES? IN SOME PLACES IT LOOKS LIKE A CIRCUS HIGHWIRE ACT. POWER POLES WERE A GREAT INVENTION, FOR THE 50'S - WELCOME TO 2012
DSmiley15 December 11, 2012 at 03:13 PM
This is really despicable in my book. Perhaps if LIPA had taken some of the money they have stolen from us all of these years, they could have updated our grid here on LI and made it more modern and had gotten repairs done a lot quicker. I know that after the storm, all the out of town workers we talked to said they could not believe the condition of our system - both in terms of safety (how bad it was) and age (how old it was) in comparison to others around the country who pay FAR LESS than we do each month. It really is a joke and what is worse is that it won't change -- no one who can do something to get it fixed will do anything about it. They will just keep lining their pockets and complaining how they make no $$.
bob young December 11, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Thats because all the man power that showed up on LI were sitting in their trucks in parking lots waiting to be told what to do.
Brian December 11, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I guessed this would be the case before the power even went out. PSE&G is not perfect, but compared to LIPA it is. It wouldn't be terrible at all if they assumed responsibility for Long Island's power.
forward thinking December 11, 2012 at 09:54 PM
RIGHT AFTER YOU APPROVE THE RATE INCREASE TO DO IT
forward thinking December 11, 2012 at 09:56 PM
AND IF WE GOT LUCKY THOSE COMPLAINING WOULD MOVE TO NJ OUR RESPONSE TIME WOULD BE BETTER - DONT FOR GET WE GOT ABOUT 50% MORE WREAK'AGE THEN NJ...
John F Gutmann December 11, 2012 at 11:21 PM
LONG ISLAND AND NEW JERSEY ARE TWO DIFFERANT LOCATIONS- NO NORTH SHORE AND NO SOUTH SHORE IN NEW JERSEY WITH ONLY 20 MILES IN BETWEEN. NO REAR PROPERTY POLE LINES AND PEOPLE WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT TRIMMING THEIR TREES. LIPA/ NTL GRID DID A GREAT JOB TO RESTORE ALL THE POWER IT DID , IN THE TIME IT TOOK.
Pat December 12, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Here in East Northport, we are still waiting for the cleanup crews to continue, and fnish clearing the debris from our curbs. Many of us have called the town to no avail. This is beyond frustrating!
rosy gallica December 13, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Jason, you are so correct. Newsday is rivaling the Post for schlock journalism.

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