By Jesse Berst
We'd like to second Wall Street Journal op-ed author Michael Devaney. The Southeast Missouri State professor of economics and finance wrote a column celebrating his father, for many years a lineman with Ameren Electric.
Devaney says: "In a world that seems increasingly dominated by... [those] who mostly specialize in the production of words, there is often little understanding of what it takes to produce an essential product or service." He goes on to remind us that lineman jobs are "no less difficult or dangerous than those of first responders in the public sector."
We urge you to click this link to read the brief piece. It's a terrific reminder of the tough role linemen fill, not just during disasters but year round. We should be thankful to them every day of every year. But during this Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. -- and in this year just after Hurricane Sandy -- we have even more reasons for gratitude.
Jesse Berst is the founder and chief analyst of Smart Grid News.com, the industry's oldest and largest smart grid site. A frequent keynoter at industry events in the U.S. and abroad, he also serves on advisory committees for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Institute for Electric Efficiency. He often provides strategic consulting to large corporations and venture-backed startups. He is a member of the advisory boards of GridGlo and Calico Energy Services.