What motivates electric companies to repair the power lines?
March 28, 2014 7:17 PM Subscribe
I don't really understand the utility industry very much but I've noticed some electric companies are very responsive to getting lines up from damage and have crews out at 2 a.m., and others don't even start work until the next day. What motivates them? Is it primarily loss of earnings from all the meters not running? Are there regulatory performance expectations? Or is there some sort of precedent in litigation that would put them at fault for underperforming?
posted by crapmatic to Law & Government (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I ask this because where I live our power company seems to work 24/7 on major outages even in the rural areas and are highly organized. However we also have a place in another state where it seems like no work is ever done at night, so if there's a storm around dinnertime the entire area is pretty much screwed until morning. Obviously the regulatory situation where we live (southern states) is mostly lip service but I'm wondering if anyone has any insight on who the electric repair departments are ultimately accountable to if the work doesn't get done quickly enough.