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Utility Companies Criticized in NYS Report on Windstorm Response

Fines Possible against NYSEG, Roch. Gas & Electric

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NYSEG, along with Rochester Gas and Electric, could face millions of dollars in penalties as a result of a state investigation into their handling of the major windstorm that hit Western New York back in March

The report states that NYSEG was not able to fully secure downed wires reported by municipal officials within the required 36 hour time period,  did not follow the requirement regarding keeping the public informed about restoration times, and failed to properly coordinate communications with customers who are on life support equipment

Commission Chair John Rhodes in a statement said that he will now consider financial penalties on the companies.

NYSEG and RG&E have 30 days to respond to the criticisms. Here's their statement:

NYSEG and RG&E are reviewing the findings from the New York State Public Service Commission’s investigation into NYSEG and RG&E’s preparation for and response to the March 2017 windstorm and will respond as directed. The unprecedented weather that resulted in the March windstorm posed great challenges to our communities, employees, contractors, assisting utilities, and municipal partners who all worked tirelessly to safely restore power to all customers.  NYSEG and RG&E’s priorities during any storm are the restoration of service to our customers and the safety of our communities,customers, employees and contractors.

 

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