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Strengthening Energy Resiliency in 2015

Written by  Tom Willie

According to a recent Consumer Reports story, NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital had to evacuate nearly 1,000 patients when the impact of Superstorm Sandy caused power and back-up systems to fail. When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, failing generators contributed to the death of 215 patients in hospitals and nursing homes. These numbers are shocking, but it’s not just hospitals that are susceptible to the catastrophic power loss. Incidents impacting power availability at critical and complex facilities like military bases or universities occur far too often. Aside from natural disasters, there are a number of threats to energy stability including brittle core electrical and mechanical infrastructure, an aging facility management workforce, and generally taxed power grids. In fact, there are 15 percent more power outages today than there were 10 years ago. Such outages cost the economy more than $125 billion per year, not to mention potential loss of