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So the Rockaways are the first Solar Powered hub

by Ziks511 / November 24, 2012 11:05 AM PST

in the United States. The much loathed Long Island Power Authority seems incapable of restoring power (How do these people get put in charge of something as critical as Electrical Power, oh, I forgot, buyouts. So much for Capitalism as the model for efficient management and operation of a Utility needed 24/7.) Three local Solar companies have jumped in to fill the void, powering up the Belle Harbour Yacht club and other local buildings, because of the size of its roof and the green space around it for solar panels, and anyone in the neighbourhood can get rechargeable items recharged, Cell phones, flashlights, computers, etc.


The problem with conventional gasoline powered generators is the absence of gasoline availability in that area and long lines elsewhere.

I suspect this will be the spur for much adoption of Solar power for longer term emergency situations. It doesn't replace normal power distribution, but if Utilities can't do their jobs, we're likely to see more frequent outages, and longer ones, as the result of poor management and the laying-off of the Union people who actually do the work, rather than occupying offices and smoking cigars and having 6 Martini lunches, and slaging the Unions.

Play all the anti-Union games games in your mind that you want, but they're the guys who do the work, and without whom, GM is just an importation company, and Utilities are incapable of generating or fixing anything.


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Since when is a govt regulated
by James Denison / November 24, 2012 1:47 PM PST

utility considered "capitalist" in the true sense of the word. If anything it is closer to a socialist model than capitalist. That's why utilities have always been considered permitted monopolies, because of almost total govt control.

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Actually,LIPA is govt owned.........
by Tony Holmes / November 25, 2012 12:44 AM PST
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Island_Power_Authority that's why it's so miserably run with a 25yr old computer system and idiots managing it.

Wait,there's more ! LIPA's transmission and distribution system is managed by a British company in London which accounts for their dark ages performance.


Compared with PSE&G,LIPA doesn't know it they're shot,f'd or snake bit when it comes to dealing with a disaster.


Comparing system stats,voltage capacities and looking at their revenues,shows a stark night and day difference between the two.

No pun intended but there's light at the end of the tunnel for NY in 2014:

Beginning in 2014, PSEG will begin operating the transmission and distribution system of the Long Island Power Authority under contract[12], replacing National Grid plc.
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LIPA is a very good reason....
by Josh K / November 25, 2012 3:18 AM PST

.....to never move to Long Island. Others would be astronomical property tax and insurance rates (home and auto), reliance on the LIE to get into New York City, and the throngs of people that clog up the roads during the summer.

I frankly don't know why anyone would choose to live there.

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No,they are not the first.That badge belongs to PSE&G.......
by Tony Holmes / November 25, 2012 6:24 AM PST

of NJ.

As I noted below,LIPA is govt owned and managed by the Brits which is why they are loathed.

If you want to talk about capitalism as a model for efficent management and operation of a needed utility,you need to look no farther than PSE&G of NJ.

PSE&G is a publicly owned,capitalist company and serves as a shining star as to how a utility company should conduct itself in a disaster.!!

When you look at financial stats of LIPA and their British management company,National Grid plc and compare them to PSE&G(contained in the links below): PSE&G could literally buy and sell both companies!!!! Viva Capitalism and the free market!!

Feel free to peruse the following links and check PSE&G's Solar 4 all program :


Converting a garbage dump: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/12/0508/2017/

They have a total of 200,000 solar panels on utility poles throughout the state and have four huge solar farms in central Jersey which are now online.

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No,Tony, the current ad hoc installation at the Belle Harbor
by Ziks511 / November 27, 2012 7:32 AM PST

Yacht Club is up and running as of a Month ago.

From PSEG's site
"The PSE&G Solar 4 All™ program will add 80 megawatts (MW) of solar electric generation capacity to the PSE&G electrical system by early 2013." Emphasis added. Never the less, I'm glad they have made that move.

Thank you for the info on LIPA, and PSEG certainly appears to be a model of corporate good citizenship and customer service. It's just that often private utilities are the problem not the solution, like PG&E have been. Since most Utilities are privately owned in the US, I made the mistake of assuming LIPA was. I'm glad the folks on Lon Gisland (well that's how some people pronounce it) will be getting better service.


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Mobile crisis stations of various types
by Willy / November 25, 2012 10:26 AM PST

I recall that after Katrina, Tide supplied a mobile "Laundromat" on wheels to help people clean the few clothes they had. So, it makes sense that some solar outfit can have a mobile recharging station as well to respond in such crisis. I'm sure there are other possible mobile ideas that need only the investment and/or will to get it done. I'm thinking mobile cellular setup or communications center. -----Willy Happy

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I agree, Willy, particularly in light of the predictions
by Ziks511 / November 27, 2012 7:45 AM PST

that disasters like Sandy will be more frequent in the future owing to Global Warming. Utilities should at least be able to offer emergency stations for those items which are now virtual necessities of life, like cellphones, laptops, etc etc.

I was hoping that somebody would have noticed that it was 3 small companies, privately owned, which banded together to help their neighbourhood by providing this service, but that passed without notice. However PSEG does indeed look like a good corporate citizen and do appear to be doing a good job.


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