New York's Con Edison is lobbying the state's Public Service Commission to approve a $3 a month rate hike for its utilities customers to pay for $1 billion in planned upgrades to make the utility's infrastructure more resilient to storms like Sandy. Con Edison joins other local utilities in preparing for the 2013 hurricane season, including the Long Island Power Authority, which is working on plans to elevate certain power stations in danger-prone areas and bolster communications links with customers.

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