Why you may need a generator
Blackouts, hurricanes, storms… Power outages occur for several reasons, the most obvious being weather.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirms that the United States has some of the most active weather in the world. NOAA continues to emphasize that hurricane activity will be greater than normal for the next decade.
Not long ago, the storm season of 2008 brought Hurricane Ike, which left a path of power outages from Texas to Pennsylvania. Nearly a million people were without power for five days, while tens of thousands continued to be powerless for more than two weeks.
Even with all of this storm activity and the incredible number of outages they come with it, severe weather still accounts for less than half of all power outages. Power outages are not confined to the coast s and “Tornado Alley”. From California to New York, 15.2 million people experienced a major outage in 2006 alone. Grid failure is becoming more common as the existing infrastructure ages and is not updated and expanded to accommodate growing demand. In its annual 2007 Long-Term Reliability Assessment, the Nord American Electric Reliability CORP. (NERC) reported that peak demand for electricity is expected to increase by nearly 20% in the next ten years.
During the same period, committed resources required to meet demand are expected to increase by only 8.5%. This will add additional strain to an already overburned system and will further limit the ability of utility companies to respond to outages.
KDE Electric manager
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