This is an excellent article, as it provides numerous smart ideas to prepare for unexpected power outages. The article rightly reminds us all that backup generators do not always work as planned during utility power outages. May I add to the discussion that performing an analysis of the potential operational and financial benefits of a Distributed Energy Resources strategy can also be very valuable. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
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