Have you planned for a power outage?

What does your organization do when the lights go out? Do the phones work? Do your computer systems go down? How long does the UPS keep everything working? Will you have heat and air conditioning? Will the water system work? Does your security system operate?

Most businesses simply stop operating until the power is restored. This may have significant costs in terms of lost revenue, lost product and even lost customers. But for some institutions, such as educational and medical campuses, simply not operating is not an option. So these organizations have traditionally implemented some sort of backup power system. These are normally sized short term outages, but what happens if the outage lasts more than a few hours? More than a few days? Weeks?

Additionally, emergency power doesn’t cover all requirements; heating, air conditioning, kitchens, showers, and other basic services are not considered “life-safety”. How long can your students, patients, or residents live and function without these or other needed services.

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How prepared is your organization for a power outage?

How long will the outage last? – One of the most crucial things to consider when planning for a power outage is the duration of the power outage.

A short-term outage – seconds to minutes – will generally be more of a nuisance to your business than a real show stopper. But even these quick outages can cost some companies thousands – particularly in the manufacturing business, where shut down and start up procedures cost time, money, lost product, and can often result in mechanical or electronic failures in equipment.

Long-term outages, those lasting longer than a few hours, or even a few days or weeks, can cause many serious consequences for organizations of all types.

How might they impact your business – your products, sales, productivity, safety of the facility and the process, and your client base?

As far as your business operations, what about the IT systems and data, and process controls? And what would happen with the phones? Most are VOIP nowadays, and will not work without power – so how do your customers get a hold of you or you get to resources and people you need to contact?

For a medical or academic institution, long term power outages can have disastrous effects. How do you house students or patients? How do you feed people? How do you ensure people have heat, or air conditioning? Do you have to move hospital patients somewhere else? What does that cost? What do you do about inability to sterilize instruments, use digital systems to view X-rays, or simply register patients?

How long will your organization’s backup system last? Can you afford to just ignore the risk and hope to wait it out?

The answer to these questions: Combined Heat & Power (CHP) Solutions.

CHP or cogeneration allows institutions to have power generated on-site. This means increased efficiency of your organization’s systems, by combining heat and power generation, increased reliability by having a second source of electricity, and improved resiliency of your systems resulting in more self-reliance in the case of catastrophes.

CHP offers uninterrupted power and seamless transfers between power sources. This means reliability, resiliency, power backup, improved power quality and outage avoidance.

With onsite power, you won’t have to worry about systems going offline, loss of data or damage to vital equipment. No need to stress over lost products, lost revenue, and all the costs incurred to cover outages. Not to mention people’s safety and wellbeing.

UGI Performance Solutions, backed by the UGI Corporation, offers on-site power generation using CHP solutions, which allows your facility to stay powered up. A CHP configuration can introduce heightened resiliency to your system, supporting ongoing operations fueled by natural gas even during an extended electrical outage.

We are proud of our commitment to provide customers with CHP system solutions and CHP installations including turbines, microturbines, engines, heat recovery modules (waste heat boilers), and absorption chillers. Now you can have a peace of mind knowing that, with a CHP installation, you can keep the power on even during serious crises.

Trust UGI Performance Solutions, the premier, Mid-Atlantic energy solutions provider, and MEP contractor with design, engineering, installation, and operational support capabilities.