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Power Outage Leaves LaGuardia without Power Last Winter

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 09, 2019
South Shore Generator - Wareham, MA

Remember last January? A spectacular light show caused by an electrical emergency in Queens created panic at LaGuardia Airport.

Airline passengers were left in the dark inside the transit hub’s terminals. Runways were also temporarily shuttered following the Con Edison voltage monitor malfunction which illuminated the New York skyline with an eerie blue-green hue.

The 13 minute power outage delayed some 15 flights from taking off for up to an hour and rerouted nine planes to other airports.

It makes you wonder how an airport the size of LaGuardia, in a city the size of New York, could be shut down from a power outage? Shouldn’t there be an uninterrupted source of power on backup to keep the airport running right away?

“A power outage of this nature could happen at any airport,” LaGuardia General Manager Lysa Scully said.

But thousands of people were taken off guard.

Nearby, Rikers Island prison had no sustained power outage because of its backup system.

LaGuardia has backup power, but it’s basically emergency backup power and not really a backup system that would allow the LaGuardia Airport to operate safely.

The runways were closed for 13 minutes as a precaution to make sure everything was safe.

LaGuardia went through a rebuilding, but no backup power system was installed. So what’s the plan going forward to prevent what happened last week from happening again?

“Having LaGuardia backup generators that allowed LaGuardia to function is something that we’re going to further explore,” the governor said.

For more information on backup power, because outages can happen anywhere at anytime, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: CBS New York

Portable Generators for Construction Sites

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 03, 2019
South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA

Commercial portable generators provide affordable power solutions to commercial and residential construction sites. Backup power solutions minimize a builder’s cost by keeping projects running on schedule. When looking for the right temporary power solution for your job site it is important to fully understand all factors.

Here are some key tips to make that happen:

Work closely with your Generator retailer: They will help you determine the right portable generator unit for your job site or application. When you become familiar with your dealer and process, it will be a smooth and efficient process for each and every different job site.

Secure required permits and schedule inspections to prevent work stoppage. Make sure your dealer is knowledgeable about your local building codes and regulations. The process for obtaining permits and scheduling inspections will be expedited when you build rapport with local inspectors and learn the particulars of using temporary power solutions in your area.

Only allow experienced and certified technicians set-up and remove portable generator. Although the task is often taken for granted, it's critical to have certified personnel who are well versed in determining appropriate pole locations, assessing ground status, underground utility definition, and one who can configure your often times complex electrical distribution system. This ensures the safety and efficiency of your power network.

For more information about setting up portable generators at construction sites, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Scenarios Where Backup Generators Save Businesses Money

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 18, 2019
South Shore Generator - Boston, Wareham, MA

Backup generators are an excellent solution in a multitude of business settings. Having them in-place makes them available for long-term, emergencies or one-time use. They serve as a temporary measure until power issues are resolved or more steady power is established.

Here are some scenarios where having backup generators can save businesses money.

Grid Power Failure

Business that have standby generators can benefit from unreliable power grids. When you have power and your competition does not, your business will prosper. Generators are necessary in Massachusetts during those times of the year when weather conditions are extreme and the need for backup power arises.

Events

Consider the vast array of energy consuming equipment needed to facilitate an event. Often grid power is not available and often it is not sufficient enough to power all the equipment at an event. Excessively long cable runs cause problems including tripping and the potential for connectivity failure. Generators are viewed by seasoned event coordinators as a necessity to deliver a quality event.

Planned Plant Shutdowns

This is an easy one. Although normal plant production is paused there are still a multitude of tasks that are ongoing and require power. Plant lighting, HVAC, lifts and other devices require steady and reliable power during plant shutdowns.

Emergency Cases / Contingency Planning

Aside from weather disturbances, there are also technical glitches that occur within utility substations which cause both outages and unstable electrical delivery. Smart operations managers build standby power generation into business continuity plans.

Contact South Shore Generator to learn more.

Portable Generators Keep Businesses Running in Winter

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 04, 2019
South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA

Thank goodness that hurricane season is coming to an end, but that doesn't mean business operators can relax when it comes to the risk that the weather poses to operating a business. Winter storms can impact Boston businesses even more than hurricanes. The wind, snow, ice, and rain during winter storms can take their toll on electrical infrastructure causing outages that can last for hours or days.

To ensure business continuity, business owners should consider installing portable generators as part of their business contingency plan. Contingency planning to include emergency power generation vs struggling at the last minute to rent emergency generators makes perfect sense. Regional businesses should take a look at the portable generator inventory and consult with our technicians for help devising a plan prior to the arrival of the first winter storm.

Contact South Shore Generator for more information on options that will guarantee your business continuity throughout the upcoming winter and beyond.


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