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Diesel Generators Function More Reliably Than Power Grids Following Natural Disasters

Keeping the Services Running When We Need Them Most

Extreme weather events are a part of life. A diesel generator is essential for keeping the power flowing.

The arrival of June signals that summer is truly here, and the last thing on most people’s minds is storms and extreme weather. Across the Atlantic, however, it is another matter entirely. The National Weather Service has just completed Hurricane Awareness Week, as the US hurricane season, which typically runs from June to November, approaches.

It is now 13 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf coast from Florida right down to Texas, causing billions of dollars of damage, and 1,833 fatalities. Last year, Hurricane Irma threatened to be even more catastrophic, and Americans counted themselves fortunate that the death toll stood at just 134.

Throughout it all, generator hire services were an essential part of the relief and recovery efforts. As the US braces itself for whatever is to come, there are lessons to be learned on this side of the Atlantic, too.

Constant and reliable power

A diesel generator provides power when and where it is needed, and is not subject to the supply and distribution constraints of a national grid. When lines are brought down by trees, and supplies are shorted out by flood water, the benefit of an on-site power supply is obvious.

The interesting lesson from the US, however, is that in some situations, power delivered by diesel generators can be even more effective than the grid, even when there is not a hurricane passing through. As the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico worked to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Maria last year, diesel generators continued to power businesses and homes for months afterwards.

Powering the relief effort

When a natural disaster strikes, whether it is a hurricane in the USA or the storms, floods and heavy snow that can hit the UK without warning, the loss of power in homes and businesses is actually the least of our worries. Families might be concerned about keeping the lights on, the freezer cold and, of course, the internet connection working, but there are far more important considerations elsewhere.

As flood levels rise, endangering homes and lives, the pumps that are working flat out are all powered by diesel generators. As casualties are taken to hospitals, the medical staff are completely reliant on generator power to keep the lights on and the medical equipment functioning. And in water works, the generators kick in to ensure drinking water remains safe and that sewage does not contaminate supplies and water courses.

Preparing for disaster

It seems strange when the sun is shining to be thinking about extreme weather, but now is the perfect time to take a leaf from America’s book and ensure we are ready. The months go by, and before we know it, the storm clouds will gather.

Prepare your home or business for what lies ahead, ensure you have power back up for your home or business and then you can relax and enjoy the rest of the summer in peace.

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Support Schemes for Renewable Energy in the UK

If you are planning on an early retirement and frugal living, then you need to look at domestic renewable energy schemes. The cost of oil and gas is likely to continue to rise, which poses a huge financial risk to pensioners. Renewable energy could be the long term answer.

Renewable energy is collected through natural sources such as sunlight, wind and water. Find out about the support schemes for renewables in the UK.

The earth’s natural sources such as sun, wind, tides, waves and geothermal heat can all be used to generate renewable energy. These sources are sustainable and naturally replenished, which means the environment can be saved from harmful carbon emissions.

There a number of renewable energy systems in place for creating and using renewable energy in the UK. These schemes help to encourage technological development and producing energy with much lower costs.

The Renewable Obligation (RO) encourages renewable electricity generation for large scale installations. It requires suppliers to source the majority of their electricity from renewable sources.

The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) is designed to support small scale renewable installations up to 5MW. Through FiTs, generators are paid a tariff for every unit of electricity they produce. Any electricity not used on site can be sold back into the Grid, and generators are paid extra to do this.

New schemes are constantly being developed to support renewables and other low carbon technologies through Electricity Market Reform. A new scheme in the pipeline called Feed in Tariff with a Contract for Difference (CfD) hopes to use this method.

offshore wind power by countryThe UK is well placed to take advantage of wind power as it has some of the best conditions in Europe and high average wind speeds. Onshore and offshore wind farms are an important part of where the UK sources its energy. Treehugger reported in 2013 that the UK generated more off-shore wind power than all other countries combined.

Renewable energy is healthy, safe and most of all a cost-effective feature to have installed in the home, too. To help out the environment, consider having a renewable energy heating system installed which can save you money on your fuel bills. Other options include solar panels and heat pumps.

The possibilities are endless!