NY regulators evaluate electricity reliability

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York utility regulators are shining a light on the reliability of the state's electricity suppliers.

Staff analysts at the Public Service Commission are scheduled to brief the agency's decision-making board Wednesday on how utilities from New York City to Buffalo met state-mandated service standards in 2007.

When power outages and service interruptions exceed certain levels, electricity suppliers have to set aside money that otherwise would have gone to their shareholders and return it to customers who were affected.

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