12 Nov 2019

Did you know? The right power partner can help you go green (and save some green too!)

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Many event organizers are keen to make their projects as green as possible, but reducing emissions is often one of the first things to go out the window when faced with the stress of managing a large, complex event. 

This is particularly true if your event is outdoors, lasts for several days, or is cut off from any normal power supply. But you don’t have to settle for high-polluting generators or spiraling fuel use to deliver the power you need. 

Just make sure your power generation partner has these tricks up their sleeve.

3 Ways Your Temporary Utilities Partner Can Help You Cut Your Carbon Footprint

1.Right-Size Your Generators

This is one of the most simple but effective ways to cut your emissions. And while it sounds obvious, you’d be amazed at how many events find themselves supplied with generators that are far bigger than they need to be or lack the capacity to meet demand.

Both of these outcomes create problems, from an emissions point of view. If your generator is over-sized, you’re having to burn a ton of fuel to run it, while producing a ton of electricity that will only get wasted. Not only do you create unnecessary harm to the environment, you also burn through your budget.

At the other end of the scale, if your generator is undersized, you may find that you don’t have enough power for your event. This is, of course, a serious problem in itself - no one wants a blackout mid-event. It also means that you might have to roll out a bunch of emergency backup power solutions that aren’t designed to minimize fuel use, raising your emissions and costs overall.

An experienced temporary utilities provider understands this. Rather than taking the risk, they will carefully calculate how much power you are likely to need and design the most efficient installation accordingly. If they think you may need to scale up power at any point, they will recommend stackable units that build into a complete backup substation as required but aren’t in use if and when power demands remain low.

2. Engage in the latest technology

Things like hybrid technology can save money and fuel.  Battery equipment that runs when the demand is low allowing your generator to shut off, saves not only the fuel but the environment. Discuss with Aggreko alternative options like the ability to parallel large generators and small generators or multiple on-demand generators can make your event a cleaner, greener experience 

3. Monitor Equipment Remotely

Lastly, make sure that your chosen partner is keeping a close eye on fuel use and efficiency. 

If they have remote monitoring technology set up, they can track the performance of each item of equipment, how well it’s using fuel and if you’re due a top up. They can do this round-the-clock, from their own headquarters, jumping in to fix any problems as soon as they emerge. 

This can save you a lot of money and hassle if any little niggles come about. It also helps you to streamline your power generation and delivery, minimizing emissions in the long run.

Final Thoughts

Powering a high-profile event without creating emissions is certainly a challenge, but it can be done. If we were able to provide 25MW of low-carbon, reliable power for one of the largest and most famous festivals in the world, there’s no reason a top temporary utilities partner shouldn’t be able to do the same for yours. 

Whoever you work with, just make sure they make reducing your emissions and cutting your costs their top priorities, all the way through the planning and design process. Going green should never be an afterthought.

Find out how Aggreko can help you boost your environmental credentials while saving you money. 

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