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DPS-LI Seeks Input on PSEG Long Island’s Utility 2.0 Plan

Additional Public Statement Hearings To be held on Plan

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Plainview, NY - August 18, 2014 - The New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) announced today that it will hold three additional hearings in Queens and Suffolk Counties toseek public comment on PSEG Long Island’s Utility 2.0 Long Range Plan. The public will have an opportunity to present their comments regarding PSEG Long Island’s Utility 2.0 Long Range Plan.
 
The public statement hearings will take place before DPS-Long Island staff. A transcript of the hearings will be made and included in the record of the proceeding. An information session, at which PSEG Long Island and DPS staff will describe PSEG Long Island’s plan, will be held prior to each of the public statement hearings. The additional information sessions and public statement hearings will be held as follows:
 
Thursday, August 21
Knights of Columbus Hall
333 Beach 90th Street
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693
6:30 p.m. – Information Session
7:30 p.m. – Public Statement Hearing
 
Tuesday, August 26
Riverhead Legislative Auditorium
Evans K. Griffin Building
Maxine Postal Legislative Auditorium
300 Center Drive
Riverhead, New York 11901
10:30a.m. – Information Session
11:30a.m. – Public Statement Hearing
 
Tuesday, August 26
Village of East Hampton Emergency Services Building
Trustee Meeting Room-2nd Floor
One Cedar Street
East Hampton, NY 11937
5:00p.m. – Information Session
6:00p.m. – Public Statement Hearing
 
On July 1, 2014, in accordance with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) Reform Act, PSEG Long Island submitted to the DPS for review and recommendation, its proposed long-range plan. In accordance with the LIPA Reform Act, the purpose of the plan is to implement energy efficiency measures, distributed generation, and advanced grid technology programs for the purpose of providing customers with tools to more efficiently and effectively manage their energy usage and utility bills, and improve system reliability and power quality. This is the first annual filing of the plan. Public input and comments on the plan are requested and will be taken into account by the DPS in its review and in the development of its recommendations. The plan is available here.
 
It is not necessary to make an appointment in advance or to present written material in order to speak at the DPS public statement hearings. Speakers will be called after completing a card requesting time to speak. Please note that comments should be related specifically to PSEG Long Island’s plan. Disabled persons requiring special accommodations may place a collect call to the Department of Public Service’s Human Resources Management Office at (518) 474-2520 as soon as possible. TDD users may request a sign language interpreter by placing a call through the New York Relay Service at 711 to reach the Department of Public Service’s Human Resource Office at the previously mentioned number. 
 
Online Comment Form
 
Internet or Mail: In addition to the formal hearings, comments may be sent electronically to the Secretary, at secretary@dps.ny.gov, or mailed or delivered to Hon. Kathleen H. Burgess, Secretary, Department of Public Service, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12223-1350. Your comments should refer to ―Matter Number 14-01299 – Utility 2.0 Plan.‖
 
Toll-free Opinion Line: Comments may also be submitted through the Department of Public Service’s Opinion Line at 1-800-335-2120. This number is designed to take comments about pending cases from in-state callers, 24 hours a day. Callers should press ―1‖ to leave comments, mentioning PSEG Long Island’s Utility 2.0 Plan.
 
A full copy of PSEG Long Island’s plan may be viewed, printed or downloaded from the Department’s website by searching for Matter Number 14-01299. Comments are requested no later than August 29, 2014. Comments will become part of the record considered by the Department in its review and development of recommendations. Written comments may be accessed on the Department’s website by searching Matter Number 14-01299 (at www.dps.ny.gov, enter Matter Number 14-01299 in the input box labeled "Search for Matter Number") and clicking on the ―Public Comments‖ tab. Many libraries offer free Internet access.
 
The Department’s recommendations in this matter, when issued, may be obtained on the Department’s website by searching for Matter Number 14-01299 as described above. The Department’s recommendations may also be obtained from DPS files Office, 14th floor, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223 (518-474-2500). If you have difficulty understanding English, please call us at 1-800-342-3377 for free language assistance services regarding this press release.