Keeping the power on at home is crucial given how much we rely on electricity for lighting, appliances, the internet and home security. In this blog, we discuss the key considerations for standby generators in residential use. When it comes to your power, get advice from the experts.
Standby Diesel generators, especially those in inner-city or urban areas, can often require planning permission. With stricter guidelines around air quality and environmental health, planning for generators is a complex topic.
Requirements vary regionally, but the guidance below will help you find local contacts and answer some common questions to find out how standby generator planning impacts your project requirements.
From minor incidents to major disasters, there is no doubt this event will have a financial impact on your business. To evaluate the cost to your business you need to work out the following:
Regardless of how robust your disaster recovery plan is, the success of its implementation will depend on the team that is responsible for it.
Structure your team by ensuring your selected member’s skills match the areas of responsibility. Below is a list of the key team members required and what they should be responsible for. In every case, there should be a primary and secondary member, both of whom will need to be equally briefed.
When creating your disaster recovery plan, pre planning is vital. Follow these 3 steps to ensure you have all the elements to design a robust disaster recovery strategy.
According to AXA Insurance, 80% of businesses affected by a major incident, either never re-open, or close within 18 months.
Having a robust disaster recovery and business continuity plan, minimises this impact on the business and ultimately, the customer. Therefore, not only is disaster recovery planning important for you, it is important for your customers.
Below is a step by step guide to working through the processes.
Step 1. Obtain the formal application document. Your local DNO may have their own preferred document, so you should contact them and ask for it.
G59 Embedded Generator Regulations
G59 is the regulation surrounding the connection of any form of generator device to run ‘in parallel’ or ‘synchronised’ with the mains electrical utility grid (National Grid). The regulation has its roots in Ofgem rules, and is administered as the Energy Networks Association Engineering Recommendation G59/2-1 “Recommendations for the connection of generating plant to the Distribution System of Licensed Distribution Network Operators – Amendment 1”.
This is relevant for all power generation, including combined heat and power units as well as generators being used for peak-lopping, or grid parallel use, greater than 16A per phase. For anything below this the Engineering recommendation G83/1-1 applies.
In years of doing projects with G59 protection shentongroup have often come across some popular myths, so we seek to dispel them here:-
“ I don’t need G59 Protection unless I intend to export power to the grid”.
Wrong. If you have any form of generator where the output is connected to the electrical systems in your building, and thus to the grid, you must protect it with a G59 relay device.
The last few weeks has seen media frenzy with soaring energy prices and a winter of blackouts predicted. The chances are you’ve reviewed your business continuity plan to make sure you’re safe but here’s some food for thought about how you can protect your business against the unknown.