The Moreland Commission (Moreland Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response) has recommended that the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) should be dissolved. LIPA is a state agency that was created in 1985 to manage Long Island’s power grid. The commission recommended that the network that supplies electricity to 1.1 million customers should be turned over to a utility company overseen by the same state commission that regulates Consolidated Edison and other power distributors in New York.
But that regulator, the Public Service Commission, needs more resources and the power to punish utility companies with heavy fines and even the loss of their franchises, the commission said. Those recommendations were part of a preliminary report presented to the governor in advance of his annual State of the State speech. The major changes proposed by the commission would require legislation.