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Integrated Backup Power Plans

Plan ahead. Invest in energy-efficiency and renewable energy with the urgency they deserve, to bolster your backup power plan.

The Plan

Keeping your facility up and running during a power crisis is critical to your organization's success, and our team can help you achieve it. Energy efficiency, facility management and renewable energy play a large role in determining emergency generation costs and capacities. This is because energy-efficiency and renewable energy can extend the operating hours of your emergency generator's fuel tank. We integrate energy-efficiency, renewable energy, and facility management to develop an Integrated Backup Power Plan for your emergency generation needs.

We will:

  • Inventory equipment by critical and non-critical importance.
  • Measure energy use of each critical piece of equipment, and calculate emergency power requirements.
  • Calculate your generation runtime in an emergency situation on your back-up power source.
  • Identify energy-efficiency opportunities, and quantify the energy and cost savings, implementation costs, and extended generation time from these measures. - Generation runtime can often be extended by 10% to 50% by these measures.
  • Identify renewable energy opportunities and quantify the probable impact on emergency generation runtime.
  • Deliver an Integrated Backup Power Plan, which incorporates the quantified extended generation runtime during grid outages, with the regular, on-going energy and cost saving benefits from energy-efficiency and renewable energy.

    Ideal candidate facilities for this service include:

  • Any facility with critical backup power needs,
  • Facilities which require Continuity in Operations Planning (COOP) or Business Continuity Plans (BCP),
  • Hospitals, 911 call centers, jails, police stations, fire stations, nursing homes, water treatment, gas stations, traffic signals, restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, zoos, art museums, and manufacturing facilities among others.

    The Story

    It's appropriate that I'm drafting a description of this new service offering from home. We're one of the lucky ones that still have electrical and internet service. Three days after a "super derecho" a.k.a a "land hurricane" swept through Ohio and other Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states, much of the area is still without power, including our business and many others. Diesel generators are out in full force, humming through the neighborhoods, and keeping some of the gas stations, traffic signals, grocery stores, nursing homes, and other key facilities operating. Others don't have power at all. Many businesses are relying on a work-from-home mini-diaspora. Hotels are booked.

    This isn't new. The June 2012 "land hurricane" had about the same destructive power as the remnants of Hurricane Ike in 2008. Both of these weather occurrences were less destructive than the black-out of 2003. Or, if you aren't in Ohio, pick your natural disaster - hurricane, thunderstorm, tornado, blizzard, tsunami - or human-made disaster, that has cut power when you needed it. In times like these, electricity quickly goes from being an entitlement to the most expensive and risky part of your operations. And for things to go smoothly, you're often dependent on a diesel truck getting to you, on time, through intersections without working traffic lights or by roads with downed trees. Is that an appropriate risk for gas stations, grocery stores, nursing homes, hospitals, police stations, and other key public facilities? Having prolonged emergency power could be the difference between losing a shift of production or not, losing your store's product or not, or staying open when everyone else is closed.

    Links

    Mitigating Risk from Grid Outages with Energy Efficiency Technologies
    ACEEE

    Understanding the Cost of Power Interruptions to US Electricity Consumers
    LBNL

    The Cost of Power Disturbances to Industrial & Digital Economy Companies
    EPRI

    Guidelines for Traffic Signal Energy Back-Up System

    Lightning doesn't often strike the same place twice - but grid outages do. Plan ahead now.

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