Assessing the financial feasibility of utility-provided backup power during project site planning

K. R. Grosskopf, W. J. Shepherd, P. Oppenheim

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The events leading to the sudden and catastrophic failure of the North American power grid during August 2003 coupled with a record hurricane season a year later have civil engineers rethinking cost-effective backup power solutions for their clients. Electric deregulation across many areas of the United States has utilities looking for new value-added products and services to protect and acquire market shares. As a result, a new partnership has emerged between site planners and utilities to provide affordable backup power to the customer. Case studies are provided for a 1.0 MW backup power project for a 367-bed hospital and a 1.25 MW parallel power project for an insurance call center located in Gainesville, Fla. Results for each show competitive pricing for the client and attractive returns for the utility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-7
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Energy Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Benefit cost ratios
  • Critical load
  • Electric power supply
  • Emergency services
  • Grid systems
  • Regulations
  • System reliability
  • Utilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal


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