Emergency power generators can be critical pieces of equipment for any facility, especially in the stormy seasons of spring or winter or in disasters such as hurricanes or floods. If you have one in your facility now, or are thinking about getting one, you need to be aware of the environmental regulations which are triggered by having one onsite.
Welcome to tip number 14 of the Generator Genius series. Today we’ll be talking about the importance of installing the proper means of stopping and disconnecting your generator.
Most generators come with a bright red stop switch on the control panel so that if someone needs to shut it down in an emergency, it’s simple to do. Activating this single stop switch does two things: 1) disconnect the electrical circuit, and 2) stop the “prime mover” – which is the engine that is generating the power.
Jump to the 3:15 mark to see OUR rental generator (and camera-friendly technicians) hard at work to supply power for this Safeway store!
Fleet Maintenance Racks up Safe Driving Miles and Saves Money, Too.
Issues uncovered in the garage prevent disasters out on the road. We see it all the time: that clogged filter or rusted connector that a careful check-up would have spotted sidelines your truck for big ticket repairs. Don’t forget to add towing and a replacement rental to the cost.
Keep to a Schedule of Regular Preventive Maintenance
For a busy fleet, it is never convenient to keep a truck off the road for maintenance, but at least you get to decide when. If your truck decides when, it might wind up on the side of a six lane freeway.
We have heard from several customers that they received notification from PG&E regarding potential, planned, power outages starting tomorrow. Forecasts for extreme weather are causing fire concerns. Per PG&E:
“Due to expected extreme fire danger conditions, including the Red Flag warning from the National Weather Service and several other weather factors, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today began notifying customers in portions of nine counties that the company may proactively turn off power for safety starting on Thursday, November 8.”
Portions of the following counties are affected:
- Butte County
- Lake County
- Napa County
- Nevada County
- Placer County
- Plumas County
- Sierra County
- Sonoma County
- Yuba County
What the Art of War Tells Us About Readiness
Sun Tzu was a sixth century B.C., Chinese army general whose influential writing on military strategy figures into the curriculum even today, at West Point. Admiral Yamamoto, the architect of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s attack on Pearl Harbor, was a devoted follower. About readiness Sun Tzu wrote
“The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our readiness to receive him…”
His lesson about readiness may offer direction to us about generator management and specifically, rupture basin readiness.
CD & Power Recognized by Bay Area News Group as a Top Workplace for 4th Time.
Martinez, CA – June 27, 2018 – It seems to be a habit, but it’s one that the company never takes for granted. “We know our job is never done when it comes to investing in our people,” explains Jill Collaro, President.
As in past years, the management team at CD & Power takes each workplace award as a challenge to innovate on their proven formula for attracting and retaining great employees. This year the “California Dreamin'” theme (there is always a theme for the year) has centered on a blend of long-standing habits and new initiatives.
UPDATE for 2019: PG&E announced more expansive fire risk measures in February 2019. For details about that announcement, visit the PG&E 2019 wildfire safety plan press release.
A few of our customers have asked about recent PG&E announcements and how to best be prepared. Here is what we know and recommend:
1) PG&E announced its plan to proactively manage wildfire risks. You can read the full report here. Some key things to note: they will be more aggressive in managing vegetation around power lines and are warning customers now that they will conduct “Public Safety Power Shutoff[s]” when concern about wildfires is high.
At CD & Power we get calls all the time asking, “Why did my generator just start up for no reason” or “Why didn’t it start when we had an outage?” Even in one case, “My generator is haunted. Can you help me out?”
The questions are not without merit. Your generator is a complex piece of equipment that for most of the time, particularly if it is not exercised on a regular schedule, sits idle.
It’s not unlike that multi-million dollar “closer” on a baseball team. He sits around most of the time. Days go by where he relaxes out in the bullpen and, the only thing he’s doing with that million dollar arm is lifting a Gatorade. But late in a tight ballgame he needs to come in and throw heat for just one inning.
When an outage strikes and your generator kicks in, what will it power?
We asked Carlos Navas, Project Manager for generator installations at CD & Power, to help us answer this question. “In short, a generator can be configured to power whatever you want it to power,” Carlos explained. Having also served as an Account Manager, working with dozens of customers around the Bay Area, he was able to relay more of the possibilities you should consider. For one, powering everything may be cost prohibitive, and likely unnecessary. Thinking now about the generator support you will need in the event of a power loss, will optimize your disaster-preparedness plan.