How to Be Prepared for Electrical Power Outages: Options and Considerations for the Use of Backup Generators

Sep 25, 2013, 13:26 ET from Diesel Technology Forum

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A webinar this Friday - September 27th - will provide an understanding of the important issues surrounding the use of emergency backup power systems for emergency preparedness and disaster response.  Experts from MTU Onsite Energy – a leading provider of power systems and equipment to international data centers, telecom companies, hospitals, government buildings, and nuclear power plants will lead the session.


"We are pleased to partner with the experts at MTU Onsite Energy to offer this session about the many important factors and details involved with installing and operating a successful emergency backup power system," said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.  "In this National Emergency Preparedness month, having reliable emergency power systems is a national focus of federal and local governments, businesses and home owners in all 50 states."

Attendees will hear first-hand from engineering experts David Wells, the Senior Application Engineer for MTU Onsite Energy, who will be discussing the role of emergency backup power equipment, unique attributes of various fuel sources, as well as the appropriate maintenance and operation of the equipment to provide power during emergencies. Jacquelyn Gotreau, the International Account Manager for MTU Onsite Energy, will present case studies providing examples and details of the proper maintenance and use of equipment to provide power during emergencies. 

The webinar is being sponsored by the Diesel Technology Forum and while there is no registration fee space is limited so early registration is recommended.

Time: Friday, September 27th
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

Participants:   Dwight Wells, Senior Application Engineer, MTU Onsite Energy
Jacquelyn Gotreau, International Account Representative, MTU Onsite Energy  
(Moderator) Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director, Diesel Technology Forum


Emergency Backup Power Essential for Government and Business Operations; Webinar Designed To Assist Policymakers, Business and Home Owners
"This web event is designed for reaching businesses and policymakers who want to know the options and pros-and-cons of the multiple choices of emergency backup systems available to state and local governments and business owners," Schaeffer said.  "This web session will address back up power issues for mission critical facilities like hospitals and drinking water treatment plants.  Also featured will be information for service station operators that need to keep pumping fuel to serve their customers and essentially any business that needs to ensure they can continue to operate at a time when grid power goes down for whatever reason.

"Recently we've seen state and local governments in Maryland, New York and New Jersey pass legislation that imposes requirements or offers incentives to key businesses, like service stations, for installing back up power systems to keep pumping gasoline and diesel fuel during disasters.  This session will help those businesses better explore their options."

MTU Onsite Energy A Leading International Provider of Power Generation Systems
MTU Onsite Energy has more than 60 years of power generation systems expertise and over 100 years of diesel engine engineering experience.  The company provides complete energy solutions to large data centers, retailers, telecom companies, world-class healthcare facilities, major airports, government buildings and nuclear power plants.  Six of the online economy's 10 largest companies rely on MTU Onsite Energy constant power, as do well-known international sites like the Eiffel Tower, the "Bird's Nest" building in Beijing, and prominent government buildings in Washington, D.C.

Grid Systems Vulnerable Due To a Number of Weather-Related Outages
"We recently recognized the 10 year anniversary of the 2003 Northeast blackout where 30 million people across eight states went without power for 30 hours, at a cost of between $7 and $10 billion," Schaeffer said.  "It's also important to note that most outages are of smaller magnitude, with seven of the top 15 causes of outages being weather-related.  Whether it's ice storms in the Northeast or flooding in the Rocky Mountains, grid electrical power systems are vulnerable throughout the U.S.," Schaeffer said.

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