Grocery stores and gas stations could soon be shelling out sacks of cash on electrical upgrades.
The Daily News reports state legislators are mulling over a bill requested by Mayor Michael Bloomberg that would require stores to be blackout ready.
It could cost store owners up to $20,000 to rewire buildings to make them able to quickly switch to alternative power sources.
They would not be required to install backup generators.
The city says the legislation would ensure residents have food and fuel in an emergency, and that stores would benefit because they could continue making money.
The bill affects grocery stores with 60 or more employees or 20,000 square feet of space and gas stations with 25,000 gallons of fuel capacity.
The legislation is based on task force findings after the city's 2003 blackout.
Sure thing, why upgrade the power grid? Make the small business schmucks pay for it!