Superstorm Sandy added a new dimension of possibility to a familiar debate.
BY JOHN EICHBERGER
Just as a full tank of gas won’t help this car move, a generator won’t help a fuel retailer when there’s no fuel in the distribution system.
Superstorm Sandy, which deci- mated the northeast in late October, has unleashed a hail- storm of debates concerning
the installation of generators at retail
fueling locations. And while talk of
generator policies following natural
emergencies is not uncommon, the arguments in favor of incentives or mandates miss one critical issue: The post-emergency challenges are far broader
than power at a convenience store.
Many stakeholders are exploring
policies that would mandate the in-
stallation of generators in areas prone
to natural disasters or somehow incen-
tivize retailers to make the investment
to install generators. NACS is ensuring
that the complexities of either option