Con Edison facing penalties, possible revocation of license for Isaias response

Con Edison and two other large utility companies in the state may be facing penalties of millions of dollars and revocation of their license.

News 12 Staff

Jan 6, 2021, 3:41 AM

Updated 1,235 days ago

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Con Edison and two other large utility companies in the state may be facing penalties of millions of dollars and revocation of their license. 
This comes after an investigation into their responses to Tropical Storm Isaias. 
Elected officials weighed in on challenges their constituents faced when they were left in the dark during and after the storm. 
Since the storm ripped through our area in early August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a New York State Public Service Commission investigation. 
The probe has been completed. That investigation found that Con Edison and two other utility companies, O & R and Central Hudson, failed to prepare for and to respond to the storm. 
Now, the three utilities are facing potential penalties totaling more than $137 million. Con Edison’s license could potentially be revoked. 
A spokesperson from Con Edison tells News 12, “As we do with every storm, we examined our performance for ways we could improve on behalf of our customers. We have applied some of those findings in storms since Isaias while continuing to harden our systems against climate change, which is making severe storms more damaging and frequent."
Now the utilities must explain why these penalties should not be imposed by the Public Service Commission, as they are accused of violating laws that mandate them to provide a safe and reliable electric system. 


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