July 18, 2013

Rental Generators Because Weather Related Power Outages are a More Common Problem

Pictures of pitch-black lower Manhattan following Superstorm Sandy made it clear the effect climate change and extreme weather can have on our everyday access to electricity. Rental generators are important to keep businesses, hospitals and homes operational during these events.

A report from the U.S. Department of Energy released on last week shows that coastal regions aren't the only ones at risk. No region is exempt from the possibility of mass power outages. The report focuses on three major causes: rising temperatures; wider-spread, more severe droughts; and more devastating flooding, storms, and sea level rises.

Several memorable mass power failures make the list, including Sandy, 2004's Hurricane Jeanne, and this February's major New England blizzard. There were also less-publicized and less obviously catastrophic events in which climate change had an impact on the U.S. power grid.

Droughts and extreme heat have made it more difficult for power plants to do their job, causing unplanned power outages. Storms and rising sea levels put the physical power grid, including power plants and individual power lines, at risk. And, to make it all worse, rising temperatures will continue to put an ever-increasing strain on electricity resources. An emergency power contingency plan is important for businesses and for health and human services, as well as homes.

Recommendations to help mitigate these trends include everything from new technologies to make power plants more efficient, increased emergency back-up systems for local power grids, and strategies to reduce the amount of energy consumers need.

In the meantime rental generators are the solution for homes, businesses and health care providers. For more information commercial rental generators, contact ElecComm Power Services.