2003-01-11 / Community

LIPA & SEA Seek Your Input At Public Hearings

LIPA & SEA Seek Your Input At Public Hearings

LIPA & SEA Seek Your Input At Public Hearings

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and the Sustainable Energy Alliance of Long Island (SEA) both announced a series of joint public hearings to solicit public input on their recently released draft energy plans.

On Thursday, January 16, the first public hearing will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Beach Club, located at 129 Beach 116 Street.

This marks the first time that Long Island’s electric utility and its environmental community and civic organizations are formally working together to develop a comprehensive plan for the Island’s energy future.

In October of 2002, LIPA released its Draft Long Island Energy Plan for 2002 to 2011. The Draft Energy Plan discusses Long Island’s projected energy needs for the next decade and ways to meet those needs. At about the same time, the SEA released its Draft "Citizens Energy Plan," the result of an 18-month collaboration among its 34 environmental, civic, health and faith-based organizations across Long Island.

"The way in which Long Island consumes and produces electricity in the years ahead will have a profound impact on the region’s environment and economy," said LIPA Chairman Richard M. Kessel. "LIPA Welcomes the opportunity to work with organizations such as the Sustainable Energy Alliance, and the member organizations of SEA. So that together we can shape an energy policy that is both practical and achievable, and sensitive to Long Island’s environmental and economic priorities."

The joint LIPA/SEA public hearings have been designed to accommodate those within the LIPA service territory who are interested in learning more about the draft energy plans and commenting on them. LIPA and SEA will make brief presentations on their respective plans. All who attend will have an opportunity to ask questions and/or submit comments that will be reviewed as part of the final planning processes.

Both plans are available for review at www.lipower.org & www.seali..org.

"These hearings are a unique and important opportunity for all Long Island stakeholders to participate in the planning process that will ultimately shape our Island’s energy future," said Kathleen Whitely, Program Manager for SEA. "The member groups of SEA are proud to be a part of this effort, we urge all residents to attend and give us their input on what should be included in a comprehensive energy plan for our region."

The other hearings are as follows:

Wednesday, February 5 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Lower Level Teleconference Center of the Omni Building, located at 333 Earle Ovington Blvd. in Uniondale.

Thursday, February 13, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Suffolk Community College Campus in Brentwood.

Wednesday, February 26, from 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., at Southhampton Town Hall.

To register in advance for the hearings, contact Christine Restani at 516-719-9851. Interested individuals who cannot attend the hearings can submit written comments. Please send comments to LIPA/SEA Energy Hearings, 333 Earle Ovington Blvd., Suite 403, Uniondale, N.Y. 11553. Comments should be submitted no later than March 12, 2003.

The Long Island Power Authority owns the retail electric systems on Long Island. LIPA provides electric service to nearly 1.1 million customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. LIPA does not provide natural gas service.

The Sustainable Energy Alliance is a coalition of environmental, health, and civic organizations working to create a sustainable and healthy energy future for the citizens of Long Island. SEA is committed to an energy future that is built upon efficient use of energy and the utilization of renewable energy resources.

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