National Grid is being slapped with a whopping $18.7 million fine for a “fundamental failure” in its response to Tropical Storm Irene and the October 2011 snowstorm — and must undergo a comprehensive management audit, the Department of Public Utilities announced this morning. The utility’s response to the storms represented a “systematic and fundamental failure,” said DPU chair Ann Berwick. Thousands of Bay Staters lost power for days last year, first in the aftermath of Irene and then a freak blizzard.
So who is going to ´wallop´ the Dept. of Public Utilities for the mess they haven´t handled well in the case of Sandy? How many weeks have those poor people been without power? Talk about a ´systemic and fundamental failure´!
Absurd! The "fine" will be paid by the same customers who lost power. But the individuals who screwed up the National Grid will be rewarded for doing all the extra work required to do the "comprehensive management audit"
Sigh.....we lost power in NY for a few days then too. It seems to me that they are fining National Grid for failing to be perfect and for failing to put in an infrastructure that would remain intact in a 100 years storm. But if all utilities put in that kind of infrastructure we´d have Con Ed rates everywhere (more than 20 cents/kwh) and nobody is willing to pay those, and even if they are, it´s simply not a good use of resources.
So yes, ratepayers will pay this, or stockholders will lose a dividend or two. It looks more like a quick one-time tax increase by a lawless government.
We all know how well the Imperial Federal Government of Bureaucrats and Bureaucracies does with responses to national disasters. FEMA shows up to party and sight see. The official NGO - Red Cross - shows up so they can run nonstop ads soliciting $10 donations via text from big hearted Americans. And governors act like ladies in waiting for The Won to show up to be serviced - oops, I mean escorted - damn it´s hard to come up with the right term - shown the results of a terrible storm.
So, an $18 million dollar shakedown of an international energy conglomerate is par for the course.
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