New PSEG storm computer system won’t be ready until December

PSEG Long Island’s approach to deploy an completely new storm computer management system has been pushed back again to December or even afterwards, top officers claimed at a LIPA board meeting Friday.

A PSEG official famous there was “some possibility” that even a December deadline could be skipped.

Individually during the same board conference, LIPA acting chairman Mark Fischl also issued PSEG an ultimatum to conclude prolonged-delayed negotiations for a new agreement.

PSEG Prolonged Island president Dan Eichhorn identified as next Friday “our fall-useless day” for finalizing a new contract that has been delayed for months, including there was “a humongous feeling of urgency” to fulfill that deadline.

But his claims drew cautious responses from LIPA board customers. “If we you should not get this finished in November, we are going to be searching for other possibilities,” said Fischl, suggesting LIPA could rekindle a prior effort and hard work to obtain other third-party contractors or even go entirely general public.

“This has just been heading on for way too prolonged,” Fischl claimed, referring to former programs to finalize a deal in August.

“You say you can find a perception of urgency but we have not seen that,” included trustee Alfred Cockfield.

Trustees also expressed wariness in excess of PSEG’s shifting schedules to deploy the new storm outage-administration laptop system.

PSEG Very long Island is one particular of only two utilities in the country working with an obsolete edition of the system, for which ratepayers are shelling out over $3 million a month to mend and eventually switch. A newer version of the process, an iteration of which had been in position in the course of the storm, was supposed to be rebuilt and back again in place in the spring. But that was pushed back until eventually immediately after storm time this fall, leaving PSEG still utilizing the outdated system.

In a report to trustees, LIPA mentioned that PSEG, in relying on an more mature edition of the laptop or computer technique, nonetheless has “not targeted on identifying the root leads to of the [computer system’s] failures,” concentrating as an alternative on a strategy aimed at lowering the selection of customer calls to the procedure so that it is “never ever subjected to anxiety.”

Through a board committee meeting, trustees elevated thoughts about the prices and delays. PSEG Lengthy Island chief info officer Greg Filipkowski mentioned the current approximated forecast to get the new program up and working, in addition to previous remediation costs, was close to $42 million. Some $33 million has currently been spent to date, in accordance to a finance report.

Trustee Sheldon Cohen famous with exasperation the shifting completion timelines for the new system of June, November and now December, and trustee Drew Biondo observed, “It truly is just a under no circumstances-ending storm.”

Filipkowski described there have been “some performance screening issues we’re functioning by way of now” to meet the new December deadline. Even to strike the December deadline, reported LIPA main Tom Falcone, “You will find however a lot of wood to chop,” for PSEG.

Eichhorn afterwards verified there was “some hazard” to lacking the December day, but said, “We are likely to put into action [the new system] as shortly as possible, but no quicker than [after] it passes the arduous testing we have determined.”

In public feedback through the assembly, Peter Schlussler, after a member of the Suffolk Legislature’s LIPA Oversight Committee, explained know-how that supports utility capabilities should get as significantly notice as the poles and wires that are the spine of the grid.

“Having said that, the extremely technologies that acts as the most significant function of achievements with trustworthiness and steadiness has been universally neglected by PSEG as shown with their custodianship” of the outage management procedure, he said.

Independently all through the board conference, photo voltaic marketplace executives and activists pressed LIPA trustees to reject a condition strategy to implement what critics are calling a “solar tax” on new systems starting off upcoming year, stating it will stifle currently stagnant rooftop solar advancement on Lengthy Island.

The so-called shopper advantage contribution fee, which could selection between $5 and $10 a month for new installations, would help pay for reduced-earnings and green energy programs for solar buyers who at times fork out little but a $14 regular monthly provider demand. Falcone defended the charge as modest and probably to have only a slight affect on the time it requires for devices to pay out for them selves presented vitality-expense savings.

But Reid Garton, chief government of NY Condition Photo voltaic, a solar provider, named for an independent analyze of the benefit of house solar devices and reported the new fee, if adopted, “will hurt solar and will result in LIPA to overlook its plans that it would normally hit with out the photo voltaic tax.”

Trustees are scheduled to vote on it in December, after public conferences.