LIPA Trustees Vote to Hold Rates Steady

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    Despite a possible $950 million repair bill from Sandy, the Long Island Power Authority will not be raising rates.

    Newsday reports that LIPA trustees on Monday voted to hold current rates steady. They also approved about $5 million in storm outage-related service credits for customers. More than a million customers lost power after the October storm.

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    At the meeting, LIPA also officials said they expect the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reimburse LIPA for 75 percent to 100 percent of the storm bill.

    LIPA trustees also appointed current chief financial officer Michael Taunton to be the new chief operating officer. He replaces Michael Hervey, who resigns at the end of the year.

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    Taunton will assume chief executive responsibilities until a new CEO is named.

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