Friday, March 5, 2010

Mar. 4 NYSPSC Webcast Includes Discussion of Power Outage Response & Rate Case

At a special meeting on Thurs., Mar. 4, the NYS Public Service Commission received a briefing from NYS Dep't. of Public Service (NYSDPS) representatives on the power outages and response to last week's storm. The entire meeting can be viewed at the following website:
http://www.dps.state.ny.us/webcast_sessions.htm [scroll down to Mar. 4 special session - part 1]

Regarding the power outages, the presentation and discussion is mostly general and applicable to numerous utilities regarding level of outages, response, etc. Note, vegetation management (VM) was briefly mentioned by staff & commissioners at several points. For example, cue webcast to 07:55; 21:11; 26:04; 26:23.

The webcast also included an update on status of the Con Edison emergency response and management audits ordered by NYSPSC. Begins at 46:58. VM cycle mentioned at 50:06.

Discussion on Con Edison's rate case begins at 1:02:52 and lasts for about an hour.

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