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Utility line worker cuts hobble emergency storm response

Jim Polson


5 July 2013


A Bloomberg article examines how the linemen shortage in the US has left utilities less prepared to restore power from the biggest natural disasters. Gregg Edeson, PA energy industry expert, is quoted on the issue of fewer linemen nationwide and at individual utilities.

Gregg notes that instead of keeping the employees year-round, emergency power-line repair has been outsourced to contractors who pay less: “Utilities are trying to figure out what is the critical mass of crafts -- linemen, utility workers, splicers -- to take care of business, new business, reliability on storm days but not major-event days. When that 100-year event comes in, they’re going to rely on mutual aid.”


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