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The coronavirus could have some added impacts for electric utilities this season. With many state budgets trimmed as governments funnel resources to combat the pandemic, firefighting efforts in states prone to wildfires may be impacted because of smaller available funding. In turn, that means some utilities might be turning off power to the grid more often, lest their equipment start fires. Obviously, that's a potentially huge impact that hasn't traditionally been well accepted by the public. Utilities that might be impacted ought to plan their public relations responses well in advance.

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Henry Craver on May 15, 2020

Man oh man, the prospect of blackouts during COVID times is especially scary. The stats on economic damage sustained through blackouts in normal periods are staggering, now imagine what it would look like with most of society working remotely. What's more, the internet (zoom, streaming services and online games) seems to be the only thing standing between us and utter insanity right now...I hate to think of what sheltering in place would be like without it. 

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Matt Chester on May 15, 2020

I've had similar thoughts-- what if this pandemic happened 15 years ago? I shudder to think about how much worse it would be for the workforce, for our schools, for our mental health...

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Bob Meinetz on May 16, 2020

If the $billions spent on solar/wind farms and decommissioning nuclear plants had instead been spent on hardening the grid and rapid-response firefighting equipment, this wouldn't be a problem. Oops.

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