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Post date: August 3 2006

Spitzer Submits Testimony Expressing Concerns About The

Attorney General Spitzer today released testimony at a hearing conducted by the Assembly Committee on Energy and the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions examining the recent blackout in the Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) territory.

Attorney General Spitzer’s testimony makes the following points:

  • Con Ed and New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) did not learn the lessons of the Washington Heights blackout in 1999;
  • The public has lost confidence in the company’s management and its ability to assess vulnerabilities and underlying problems in its electric distribution system;
  • Con Ed and the PSC should review the recommendations made in a report issued in 2000 which identified specific weaknesses in growing Queens neighborhoods; and do their best to implement these recommendations;.
  • The PSC as it is currently constituted, lacks experience and knowledgeable commissioners equipped to handle issues the state faces regarding electric power supply and demand.


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