In terms of critical spares for distribution gear, or even transmission equipment, could someone else’s unused cast-offs be a cost-effective solution for you? Some communities are seemingly getting boxed in, with delayed tree trimming and deferred equipment maintenance, compounded by urban flight and disconnection moratoria hurting stockpile budgets. Unless your policies/regulations disallow it, maybe it’s worth looking at the unused surplus equipment market for solutions to at least some of your inventory needs, rather than always defaulting to purchasing new. Read this interesting article about Detroit’s quandary:

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