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Utility Management Roundup: Recent Must-Read Posts From Fellow Community Members

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Greetings Utility Management Group members!

Still in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. is simultaneously struggling with a number of other challenging issues, including a renewed call for racial justice, wildfire season, and the ongoing threat of extreme weather. In these unsettled times, your fellow community members are keeping you informed with posts about crews resuming work put on hold during the pandemic crisis, utility giving plans, racial disparities in electric service, and more. Click through to their articles using the links below. And, remember, your comments are always welcome. 

Happy reading from Energy Central Community Manager Karen Marcus.

Racial Disparities Persist in Electric Service. Is “Willful Blindness” to Blame?

By ENN Contributor, posted on July 6

Ohio utilities say they enforce policies against racial and ethnic discrimination, but few have enough data to know when it’s actually happening. In this article, Kathiann M. Kowalski describes the challenge of combatting inequity without enough information to understand how and how much it occurs.

Triple Threat for Summer 2020

By Nevelyn Black, posted on June 14

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Utilities always face challenges, but this summer brings a new level of obstacles based on what Nevelyn describes as the “triple threat” of extreme weather, wildfires, and COVID-19. As crews work to address one issue, they’re often faced with another and utilities are coming up with new strategies to cope.

SDG&E Announces “Energy for Others” Multi-Year Giving Campaign

By Sara Prince, posted on June 12

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has announced a new multi-year giving campaign In this post, Sara explains how funds will be used to help needy recipients directly and donated to organizations like RISE San Diego, whose mission is to build a better, more inclusive San Diego.

Con Edison Begins Work Put on Hold Due to COVID-19 – Essential Work Continues

By Allan Drury, posted on June 11

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Like so much of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, some repair and maintenance work normally conducted by Con Edison work crews has been on hold. Now, explains Allan in this piece, that work will resume, starting with tasks that require little to no customer interaction.  

COVID-19, George Floyd Murder May Have Society — and Utilities — at a Crossroads

By Peter Key, posted on June 11

Here, Peter describes how the U.S. is experiencing a transformative moment, one represented by lockdowns revealing racial inequities that were confirmed by the murder of George Floyd. Utilities must respond by using every method at their disposal to promote equality and end discrimination.

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