WASHINGTON (February 21, 2023) – Across the nation, Americans are experiencing increased power outages. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) each year billions of dollars of economic losses are attributed to weather related electricity outages. NOAA reports over $9 billion in losses in 2022 from 9 separate weather events. Climate change induced severe weather events coupled with natural disasters has led to these electrical grid failures.

Reliability is crucial. Propane generators provide supplemental power for a building’s electrical loads when power from the electric grid is interrupted.

A recent study from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), Power Generation: The Emissions Shifting Problem, shows reliance on diesel power generation has increased, creating a bigger emissions problem and degradation of local air quality. Propane power generation equipment, including backup generators and combined heat and power systems can help businesses increase safety and resiliency, avoid economic losses, and reduce emissions allowing businesses to retain their clean operation even with a power failure.

PERC is increasing awareness about the benefits of propane-powered power solutions at POWERGEN International in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 and Wednesday, February 22, 2023.

“Propane’s role in power generation is extensive,” said Jim Bunsey, director of commercial business development at PERC. “It can provide prime, backup, and remote power, combined heat and power, and mobile or towable power. Propane can also enable microgrids—local, self-sufficient electric grids that use renewable energy—by providing cost-effective, low-emission power generation.”

On Tuesday, February 21, 2023, from 11:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. in Booth 229, Bunsey will share “Today’s Technologies and Tomorrow’s Opportunities” and the role that propane plays in the electrification of the future. Attendees will learn the benefits propane offers and the options that are available to help right now.

There will be a press conference on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 in PERC’s booth, No. 1921, at 3:00 p.m. where Bunsey will be joined by partners Evergreen Mobile Power, EV Power Pods, and Qnergy to discuss the latest remote power technologies.

“Consumers want reliable power solutions, but they’re seeking clean equipment with a low emissions profile, too,” said Bunsey. “Propane is a stable, portable energy source that can help support Americans when the grid goes down. It works in tandem with out sources­—solar, electric, battery, and utility providers are taking note. Whether it’s a microgrid, towable, backup or CHP system propane provides resiliency.”

To learn more about how propane-powered generation options, visit Propane.com/PowerGeneration.

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Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) The Propane Education & Research Council is a nonprofit that provides leading propane safety and training programs and invests in research and development of new propane-powered technologies. PERC is operated and funded by the propane industry. For more information, visit Propane.com.

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