Rochester Gas and Electric and NYSEG have been ordered to pay out nearly $4 million in a settlement resulting from the March, 2017 wind storm.
The State's Department of Public Service says the $3.9 million will go into increasing the power grid's resistance to storm damage and to improve emergency response in large-scale power outages in the areas hit by the storm.The DPS investigation rated RG&E and NYSEG's response to the emergency as "poor" after it toom a full week to get all service restored. They also found the utilities didn't keep customers advised as well as they should have.
All parties met for settlement discussion, resulting in the agreement announced today. The money will come from corporate profits, not from ratepayers.