Gregg Edeson, utility reliability and resiliency lead at PA Consulting, comments on Hurricane Laura power restoration and COVID-19 impacts on utility crews.
For months, the electric utility sector has been preparing for this: sending tens of thousands of utility workers to restore power after a major storm — while navigating new social distancing and pandemic protocols. Experts say the new rules could have some impact on restoration, but do not anticipate significant slowdowns.
Slower, but safe
Gregg said the new COVID protocols can slow recovery time but he does not expect a significant impact.
He adds: "Utilties will absolutely keep their crews separate as appropriate and they will do their briefings in a manner that is safe and distanced, obviously masked, as appropriate."
Gregg continues: Restoration "might take a little longer" but utilities have gotten very efficient in how they restore power. Already utility workers are utilizing aerial drones to survey damaged lines and prioritize work.
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