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Cat 4 Hurricane Laura really slammed the south-central US. Hundreds of thousands out of service. Here’s an important quote: “Given the intensity of this storm and the additional need for our crews to follow COVID-19 precautionary measures, hardest hit areas may experience outages for weeks," Entergy said in a statement.

Weeks?

As utility crews safely restore power, essentially rebuilding the very system that came down in the storm, when do we as an industry assess the human cost of “weeks” without power?

Let’s start to examine and quantify the 30-40 year life-cycle costs of the T&D assets we build and “re-build” in the 21st Century.

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Matt Chester on Sep 2, 2020

Obviously the complications that COVID brought about weren't predicted by anybody when planning the grid, but for other storms we've definitely seen outages stretch this far out in extreme cases. Do you think the failure to build in resilience at a greater scale is simply a failing of prioritization of time and resources? Or is it a task that's just too challenging to really enact even with all the funds in the world? 

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