Some parts of the country are familiar with rolling blackouts.
Recent extreme weather (ice, snowstorms, etc.) have taught companies how how intermittent energy can grind business to a halt.
The result? More businesses are focused on energy reliability as a key concern.
For now, your best insurance against power outages are still portable generators.
The most powerful generators can cost as much as half a million dollars. For reliability, investing in a high-capacity generator is hard to beat, even if does run into the six figures.
Way too much for your company’s budget?
If so, take a look at smaller generators that can support basic needs (production equipment, servers, some phone lines, limited heating/cooling) during an outage.
Another option: You can also negotiate a lease with an equipment vendor.
Make sure a contract specifies what kind of generator(s) you need, where they should be set up for safe ventilation, and (the key) how quickly they must be delivered to your site.
Best bet: Go with a vendor big enough to guarantee delivery of your generator, but close enough to help with logistics.
For more background on whether backup generators are a good fit for your businesss and an explanation of some safety concerns, click here for a related white paper.