Protect Your Power: Investment In Energy Resilience
(August 17, 2018) – As featured in Facility Executive with Ryan Adelman, executive sales director of distributed energy for Centrica Business Solutions: Facility executives know that the ability to keep operations running if the energy grid goes down is critical for their business.
How prepared is your facility for a two-hour power outage? How about one that lasts a day or longer? Do you know what’s behind the disruption? Is it the grid or do you have internal, power infrastructure issues?
Energy resilience — the ability to keep vital operations running when the grid goes down — is critical for all types of organizations. However, lack of visibility and data underlying the causes of these disruptions tend to result in hurried, stop-gap measures. “Let’s just install a generator” is not a long-term strategy. Firstly, sizing backup generation to the “bloated” load of a facility that has not executed energy efficiency measures can be an oversized band-aid. Second, backup generators cannot address power quality concerns. Third, if a generator is poorly maintained there is a high likelihood that it will not be able to deliver when needed. Reducing the energy demand of the facility through bankable energy conservation measures and on-site generation is the logical and economic first step to becoming more energy resilient.
As featured in Facility Executive: Where businesses once saw a drag on the bottom line, forward-thinking organizations are now leveraging energy as a strategic asset. Manufacturing plants, retail centers, grocery stores, warehouses, offices, and schools can now all benefit from energy resilience strategies that not only protect their operations and reputations, but also improve profitability and brand promise. Dramatic cost reductions in distributed energy technologies, like solar paired with storage or natural gas trigeneration combined with energy market mechanisms found in independent system operators like PJM and ERCOT, allow businesses to further monetize equipment by exporting power to the grid through net-metering programs while also managing time-of-use rates, to reduce expensive peak demand charges from the utility.
Read the full Facility Executive article here: https://facilityexecutive.com/2018/08/protect-your-power-investment-in-energy-resilience/
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