He was told that Entergy decided a long time ago to decrease their maintenance staff and just rely on insurance and rate adjustments to help them make up for any losses.
This is a complete and outright lie. Are you making this shite up as you go along? If that someone told you this, he is full of shite. Entergy has standards they have to maintain for installation, infrastructure, etc. Some are mandated by the PRC. As a matter of fact, if the PRC deems Entergy did not spend enough money on infrastructure and other improvemnts, they have to give their customers a credit.
The fact of the matter is that roughly 36 hrs after the storm moved out, Entergy has roughly half of the customers that lost power back on the grid. Thats pretty damn good. The JP Parish president is an idiot. Instead of asking what resources the crews need to get to work, he's whining on the radio.
A couple of notes:
- Entergy does not stage restoration assets in the path of the storm. How pissed would you be if half of their bucket trucks were sitting in a flooded parking lot now?
- Up until yesterday morning, the parish was pretty much cut off from major roadways. Interstate 10 and 55 are both closed. Hwy 90 and Airline just opened back up from the east yesterday afternoon. I'm sure that contributed to the slow start.
- Jeff Parish has a lot of infrastructure damage/ Trees down/ poles down. Those take more time to fix than flipping a fuse.
- FACT: Entergy will regularly trim as many trees as they are allowed
to do so by the property owners. You want to bitch at someone for having lines wrapped up in trees? Bitch at the property owner who tells them not to cut their trees. Thats why you see Asplund trucks trimming trees all over the place after storms: they try to cut back as much as they can while they are able to for outages and noone is telling them not to.
The fact of the matter is that most of you have no clue how a complex power distribution grid is maintained and operated, nor do you know anything about electricity other than the basics you learned in high school physics. Most of you should stick to your expert weather predictions, since this board was filled with people on Sunday saying that Issac would be no big deal and laughing at all of us who were choosing to make preparations.
This post was edited on 8/31 at 11:50 pm