Power plants are among the most important infrastructure on the planet.
With the potential for millions of people to be without power, many communities across the country are gearing up to rebuild, with more than 30 percent of all electricity generation in the U.S. being lost during Hurricane Irma.
But there is a huge difference between being able to keep your home, business, and office open and completely shut down.
In some cases, this will require shutting down all of the power in your home or office.
Here’s a rundown of the ways your local power plants can be shuttered and how much money you’ll have to shell out to repair your homes and businesses.
Hurricane Irma’s destruction may not wipe out power In most cases, power outages will be short-lived, but they can wreak havoc on our economy.
With Hurricane Irma taking a direct path to the Florida Keys, there is the potential that the power grid could go offline completely, as the storm’s winds could be strong enough to blow out power lines and the entire electrical system could be down for months.
In most places, residents will have access to backup generators to provide backup power, but some power companies are warning of severe outages.
The National Weather Service in Florida said Hurricane Irma is expected to be a Category 4 storm on Thursday night.
Irma’s impact could be even greater if the storm is headed toward Florida or parts of Georgia and Alabama.
In addition, the National Weather Services says Irma could bring the death toll to more than 100,000 people and damage billions of dollars worth of property in the storm-devastated Florida Keys.
If power is out in Florida and Georgia, residents in the Florida Panhandle and parts of the state are advised to evacuate to higher ground.
In the Atlanta metro area, some businesses and residents have told CNN they have been told to prepare to lose their homes if power is not restored by Thursday night, with some telling CNN that they’ve lost millions of dollars.
Power companies are facing an enormous cost In many cases, the cost of repairing power outage will be higher than the cost to repair the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, according to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.
With millions of consumers still without power due to Irma’s landfall, there are some utilities who are already looking at how they can make more money by shutting down power to customers.
The Associated Press reported that some utility companies are already making more than $4 billion to cover the cost for their customers.
This is a significant sum, considering many of the costs are associated with providing power, according a CNNMoney analysis.
In order to survive and survive in this type of situation, power companies have to find ways to cut costs, including selling off their assets and moving to more efficient, renewable energy sources.
If you are planning on purchasing your electricity from a power company, here are a few ways to do so.
For the most part, the companies that are going to lose power in the event of Hurricane Irma are the big three: Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Southern California Gas & Electric.
All three of these companies will lose power if the power is shut off.
They are in the middle of an expensive transition to renewables, with the price of solar panels and batteries in some cases soaring.
The price of gas is also skyrocketing as people begin to use the cheapest gas they can find to fuel their cars and trucks, which are the largest single source of power for the region.
The big three also have huge operating costs that are covered by insurance.
They all rely on customers paying their bills to maintain their equipment, which means they have to operate on a perpetual basis.
In many communities, power is already gone Power outages can affect millions of Americans, but for some communities, that could be just the beginning.
The biggest loss to the economy in the wake of Irma is likely to be in Florida, where the average electricity price is already going up $2 per kilowatt hour, according the Electric Power Research Institute.
According to the Southern California Electricity Commission, Irma could cause $15 billion in damage to the state’s economy.
In other places, there could be more significant economic impacts.
In Florida, the loss of electricity will hurt residents with power outaging, according CNBC.
In Georgia, there’s also the possibility that the damage could impact the state economy.
The Atlanta region is home to the Georgia Power Grid, and some of the most vulnerable areas are in Atlanta, the largest city in the state.
There is a lot of pressure on the Atlanta region to make up for the loss in power in Florida.
If the power does go out, some areas will have to close their gas stations and power stations and move to alternative power sources.
That could include gas stations that can’t turn on their gas pumps due to power out