Not too long ago, in 2003, New York City went dark.
Like much of the Northeastern United States, it had fallen victim to a massive blackout, and all 8 million residents of the biggest city in the country were among the estimated 45 million Americans who lost power is a mass, regional power outage.
While some areas saw their electricity restored within a few hours, most New Yorkers had to wait until the following morning before they regained power. Among those were the nearly 300,000 residents of New York’s 26th Ward, in Brooklyn.
With that recent memory very much in mind, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection recently reached an agreement with Skanska USA to purchase three GE 12 cylinder V250 enclosed stationary generator sets (gensets) for the 26th Ward’s wastewater treatment facility. The gensets will provide backup power in the event of another blackout, all while meeting EPA Tier II emission standards and affording fuel savings of up to 6.5% compared to previous generation engine models.
The engines, which are due for delivery in the second half of this year, will be built in the GE engine manufacturing facility in Grove City, Pennsylvania.
John Manison, Business Leader for GE Marine & Stationary, noted that GE “provides backup power for critical infrastructure to cities and remote locations around the globe. Our stationary gensets are a source of fuel efficient power that provide cost-effective service to customers and end users.”
So even in the event of another blackout, Brooklynites can rest assured that their water is safe, treated and secure.