Two days after Hurricane Sandy walloped the East Coast, electrical utility companies warned hundreds of thousands of customers from Long Island to New Jersey that they may be left in the dark for more than 10 days.
Critics said cost-cutting was holding back recovery efforts, and long-term planning around climate change and extreme weather is lacking. The industry pointed to downed trees, knocked-out facilities and the devastating reach of the storm to explain the duration of outages.thousands of customers from Long Island to New Jersey that they may be left in the dark for more than 10 days.
Overall, the industry argues it needs more funding — and that the government should help, investing in “smart grid” technologies like electronic meters. Smart meters could allow companies to more quickly assess where power has gone out.