by Chad Dozier (diesel_dude) on 04-22-2010 01:10 PM
The utility in the U.S. is fairly reliable, but outages happen. To protect against outages, many industries (i.e. healthcare, telecommunications, and data centers) install back up power generation. But most standby generator sets operate for less than 50 hours a year (including routine testing). Utility curtailment is one method to help offset some of the costs of a back up power generation system.
There are many benefits to a utility curtailment program, including:
- Reduced utility rate
- Ability to earn revenue from your excess capacity
However, there are some factors to consider:
- Increased complexity (and cost) in the power distribution equipment
- More generator set run hours = more annual emissions, which may make permitting more difficult
Is this something you have implemented? What other benefits or challenges do you see? Are there other factors that need to be considered?
I am interested in hearing your thoughts on this topic. Please post below.
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