One Million U.S.-Made Heavy-Duty Diesel Engines Support More Than $4 Trillion in U.S. Economic Activity
September 18, 2018 |
September 18, 2018 (JERSEY CITY, N.J.) – When America’s ports face a disaster, diesel-powered backup generators are a technology of choice, offering unique operational and economic benefits for port operations.
These are sentiments shared recently at the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Energy and Environment Seminar by Ezra Finkin, the Diesel Technology Forum’s Director of Policy and External Affairs, as he addressed the nation’s port managers and senior port executives.
“The smooth operation of America’s ports depends upon a continuous electrical supply. Diesel gensets are in the field today, providing reliable, economic and sustainable mission-critical services to communities around the globe,” said Finkin. “Diesel offers an option that port operators can depend upon, while reducing costs and minimizing risks. Outages owing to severe weather events – like Hurricane Florence, now threatening the entire Eastern Seaboard – are becoming more costly; the average outage costs between $18 billion and $33 billion. Reliable sources of emergency backup power can help mitigate the downtime and economic impacts of an outage.”
While there are many technology and fuel-type options, none match diesel’s unique capabilities, especially when it comes to emergency backup power.
“Today, almost every community relies upon diesel generators for emergency power to schools, hospitals, police and fire stations, wastewater treatment facilities, courts, shelters, and more,” said Finkin. “Outages can also be caused by activities other than severe weather, such as bad people looking to do bad things to our electricity grid. Sources of emergency backup power can help minimize these risks and reduce these costs by providing grid resiliency. Diesel backstops for renewable microgrids can also provide necessary reliability when sources of renewable energy may be offline.”
Prime examples of diesel generators in action include:
A copy of Mr. Finkin’s slides is available at https://www.dieselforum.org/files/dmfile/AAPA-Presentation_091218.pdf
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