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The Impacts of 2018 Blackouts by Industry

EATON Blackout Tracker Annual Report 2018

The costs and consequences of power outages are often difficult to calculate and can vary dramatically depending on the industry.

A 2016 Ponemon Institute study estimated the cost of a U.S. data center outage has grown to $8,851 per minute. The toll can scale even higher for healthcare organizations, which face an average cost of $690,000 per outage, according to Ponemon. That price tag doesn’t even factor in how the loss of power at hospitals can be life threatening. Manufacturers and financial service companies also tend to suffer significantly from blackouts, as do industries that deal with perishable products, from food to pharmaceuticals.

Data Centers

Not even corporate giants are immune to power outages, a reality Amazon and Microsoft discovered firsthand in 2018. Amazon blamed human error for a March 2 outage that took down scores of large internet sites for several hours. The company said an employee who was debugging a billing system issue accidentally took more servers offline than intended. That misstep initiated a domino effect that knocked out other server subsystems, including those that are part of S3, Amazon’s popular web hosting service. When the S3 servers went down, they disrupted web services for numerous Amazon clients, including Quora, Trello and IFTTT.


Sometimes access to continuous, clean power is literally a matter of life and death. Numerous medical facilities across the nation were forced to evacuate patients throughout 2018 due to power outages. Thankfully, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Kindred Hospital was able to transfer eight critically ill patients on ventilators to nearby Broward Health Medical Center after a May 11 blackout left the facility without power.


Affecting learning institutions from preschools through universities, the past year’s blackouts made it clear the education sector lacks a lesson plan for escaping the impacts of power outages. Not even the nation’s most prestigious campuses are immune from unexpected cuts, as Stanford University discovered on Oct. 24 when a cable failure knocked out power to about 50 buildings on the sprawling campus. The cut not only forced classes to be cancelled, but also posed an alarming safety risk. At the time, there were students working in labs with hazardous materials, all of whom were told to immediately stop their experiments and leave the building.

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Kohler's Total System Integration

This is a KOHLER® power system. And it’s built to perform. How do we know? Because KOHLER engineered it themselves. Generators, engines, transfer switches, switchgear, controllers—you name it, KOHLER made it. Every part is designed to work with the entire system. So when the grid goes down, you’ll be glad you spec’d KOHLER.

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10 Year Residential Warranty

KOHLER is pleased to announce the addition of a new 10-Year warranty for our Residential Generators.

The 10-year warranty is available on generators built after January 1, 2019 for North American Installations, and on units installed by KOHLER Authorized dealers.

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Importance of Grounding Standby Generator Systems

This Information Sheet discusses the importance of grounding Standby Generator Systems in order to minimize the potential for personnel injuries, equipment damage, and critical standby systems failing before or during a power outage

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Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Architects, designers, and builders are key target groups for RP Power and now with BIM Objects, the world’s leading manufacturer specific content provider, they have free access to the products we represent.

Simplicity is key for us and we want to provide our customers with useful resources during the design and specification phase of the planning process.

With BIM Objects, you are able to discover and download specific models, drawings and technical product information right at your fingertips.

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Nationwide Service Capabilities

Ultimate Service Associates is a premier power solutions provider to organizations with a nationwide power network.

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