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on Oct 29, 2013

I personally took to the field covering the rebuild after Sandy for T&D World. And I tracked the progress we’ve made at the major utilities over the past year. This is the first time in my 40 years in the industry that the impetus to invoke change is increasing, not decreasing after an event. Not even hurricane Katrina unleashed such a call to action.
Sandy hitting such a densely populated area combined with the realization that we will have bigger and more frequent storms has tipped us all over the edge:
Regulators, legislators, consumers and utilities all realize we need to act in a coordinated fashion. We simply must be better prepared for storms and to respond more quickly when storms hit. Are your experiences similar or different? Please share your thoughts!

on Oct 29, 2013

I watched the crews from all over the U.S. rush to the aid of the Northeast utilities, but one thing I remember in particular was the thanks and the positive comments from some appreciative customers. Painted signs, home-cooked meals, and even a few hugs. It would make me so sad to see negative comments and complaints when the linemen were working so hard to try to get the power back on. And they do it because they want to help people. So many of the linemen interviewed in the Storm Soldiers movie said they had such a great feeling when they would see the lights come back on.

Jeff Joy (not verified)
on Oct 29, 2014

Great article on this.

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