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Great River Energy, Xcel planning to sequester critical workers if necessary

via Star Tribune:

Electricity provider Great River Energy is already operating at “medium threat response level,” and could kick into a higher gear and sequester its most critical workers if the spread of COVID-19 gets worse.

Such scenarios are playing out across the U.S. electric utility sector, one of society’s bedrock industries. Certain utility workers, those in control rooms or out power lines, can’t work from home.

Maple Grove-based Great River and other Minnesota electricity providers are trying to keep distance between those workers like many other businesses. But unlike others, they have plans to essentially shelter and feed workers on site if the need arises.


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