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Mobile Workforce Roundup: Recent Must-Read Posts From Fellow Community Members

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Greetings Mobile Workforce members!

Hurricane season and the ongoing pandemic are combining to make life demanding for utility professionals. As always, your fellow community members are monitoring what’s happening and keeping you informed. Click through using the links below to read about new post-storm restoration challenges, texting as an outage response tool, and the popularity of tablets among remote workers. Be sure to like your favorite articles, and remember your comments are always welcome. 

Happy reading from Energy Central Community Manager Karen Marcus.

Utilities’ Isaias Response Has Connecticut Lawmakers Considering Penalties for Lengthy Restoration Efforts

By Peter Key, posted on September 9

In an effort to improve utility restoration efforts, Connecticut lawmakers have introduced a bill that would make their regulation performance based, with harsh penalties when they fall short. In this article, Peter describes the details of the proposed bill, as well as utility responses to it.

Shared Link: Should Your Firm Embrace Employee Contact Tracing?

By Paul Korzeniowski, posted on September 9

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Apple and Google have announced a joint effort to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of COVID-19. In his introduction to an Apple news release on this topic, Paul notes that utilities could use such technology to keep employees safe, though it may also present potential downsides.

Co-op Turns To Texting as Outage Response Tool

By David Wagman, posted on September 3

Rock Hill Utilities in South Carolina is finding great success with text messaging as a means to communicate with customers during outages. In this post, David explains the benefits of the system, including more accurate location information as well as time and cost savings.

Major Storms and Pandemic Complicate Utility Response Efforts, Drawing Intense Scrutiny

By David Wagman, posted on August 27

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As utilities prepare to address the damage wrought by Hurricane Laura, many are watching to see how effective they will be. In this piece, David observes that, while always a challenge, restoration will be especially difficult under pandemic conditions.

Shared Link: Tablets Show Resilience

By Paul Korzeniowski, posted on August 25

The International Data Corporation (IDC) has reported that worldwide tablet shipments recorded solid growth in Q2 of this year. In his introduction to an IDC news release on this topic, Paul observes these devices are being used for remote work that requires a better display than smartphones can provide.

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