Skip to comments.LIPA customers who spent weeks without power due to Sandy get zapped with normal electric bills
Posted on 11/24/2012 11:20:04 AM PST by Dallas59
LIPA customers who spent weeks without power got zapped with their normal electric bills as if the outages never happened.
The clueless utility charged Sandy-soaked Long Island residents an estimated rate that covered the entire billing cycle, and the statements made no mention of potential refunds to account for the prolonged blackouts.
Jonathan Saporta was slapped with a double whammy by the Long Island Power Authority a $649 bill for the Long Beach home he left in October and a $281 bill for his new Great Neck pad.
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Just because it’s the first time they’ve ever experienced this doesn’t make it new or special.
Every power outage I’ve ever had that lasted more than a day resulted in higher electric bills. That climate control has to reheat a thoroughly cold house, or cool a very hot one. That makes the meter spin.
The squawking and complaining might be a cultural thing but it doesn’t come across very well to those of us who deal with this every year to some extent.
Deal with it, pick up the mess and get on with your lives.
And as for pacing, see the “Bernard Goetz” case
And as for packing, see the “Bernard Goetz” case
What power company actually comes out and READS meters anymore? Heck, I just moved from the middle of BFE, literally one red light in the whole COUNTY and we were updated enough for the usage to be read from the office of the electric company.
Although I have to admit that was only about 7 years ago. Before, when you got your power bill, you went outside and wrote down your new reading. Yes, electricity on the honor system, LOL. I said, rinky dink town. However, you did get ‘audited’ with a meter reader once a year and were billed the difference if you lied.
Truthfully, I don’t really care about their problems. They can ask Obama.
If they are on the budget plan, it makes sense then. You are paying the same amount every month, regardless. With a credit, or bill at the end of the year. This works in your favor for high cost months, but also can bite you in case of a mega-frankenstorm.
we’re talking about properties with STILL-DEAD power, chum.
A reasonable assurance of getting slapped on the wrist isn’t really draconian. I mean caning.
The New Yorkers deal with power outages more than anyone I’ve ever seen.
There are tens of millions (10,000,000+) people affected and how many complaints have you heard? The folks in Breezy Point? They lost their entire village to a fire (the whole village - the only thing left standing was a statue of the BVMary) and the only thing I’ve seen of them is from the inside of St. Thomas More Church listening to the words of their pastor.
Long Island Newsday came out in favor of Romney (first time in an extremely long time endorsing a GOPer).
We are mad at them for voting Dem, but let’s give them credit for self reliance.
Equal payment plan means what it says. Any prorating of the bill as a result of protracted outage would occur with the next year calculation.
But, never mind that, squawk away.
Well us “antiquated Southerners” need to start spending our disposable income only in the South.
Sure, but either way, they hate law and order guys who make things livable.
they love stupid Bloomberg doddering about taking away sugar and salt and planning a marathon which starts IN Staten Island the same week that 19 Staten Islanders died (not counting the bodies of mob hits uncovered after the flood)
They wont’ put up with a law and order guy.
However, although we regret the physical losses and human suffering the victims of hurricane Sandy have endured, we feel that people who (a) choose to live next to an ocean and, (b) routinely elect and support leftist Democrat politicians decade after decade are not exactly objects of great sympathy from those of us who consider their choices as foolish and misguided. Still, sending out utility bills to Sandy's victims that have been without power for weeks on end was incredibly stupid.
Whoops, was referring to those I’ve known still hating Yankees like me for invading during the War of Northern agression.
Forgot there were those unaware of such.
When you talk about squawking, you are projecting.
That isn’t what applied here, as witness the man who tried to call in a discrepancy, which WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED AT ALL (not just be denied for being too great) on an “equal payment plan.” You not only project, you set up an exquisite straw man.
Never mind what the original article said (yes, it is still on line). “SQUAWK AWAY.”
I roflol at you.
Please see #35.
They’re probably on an even-pay system where the estimated use is the monthly average bill and they end up with a debit or credit at the closeout of the billing year. Their utilities, however will up their bills because they took in less money while power was out and they have to pay the overtime for all of those union local linemen whose unions turned away free help from out of state non-local-union linemen. The free help would have cut into the windfall profits (overtime) of the union linemen.
Estimated bill, meet estimated payment :)