The largest storm damage (outage) in the history of company! Tens of thousands of customers out for multiple days, nuke plant curtailed due to downed transmission, and businesses closed. (My dental office still closed 3 days after storm!).
What is the true cost of this outage? Do we evaluate the lost revenues of closed businesses, freezers full of rotting food, accidents due to downed wires or non-functioning traffic signals. Read how Evergy prioritizes their re-build.
Today’s planners and engineers need to evaluate the “total cost of ownership” over the life of the transmission or distribution line asset. Lost customer business revenue (or local GDP) needs to be a factor.
Thanks Evergy for working to safely get the power back on….. Now, please start undergrounding your old, and very vulnerable, overhead system.