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Airports Consider Going Off Grid

By Microgrid Resources Coalition posted 11-06-2019 16:15


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A growing number of U.S. airports, such as Pittsburgh International Airport, are determining whether they should leave the power grid, Kallanish Energy understands.

No airport operator or airline wants to go through what happened at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in December 2017, when an 11-hour power outage canceled hundreds of flights, stranded thousands of passengers and cost Delta Airlines alone an estimated $50 million in lost business.

In the two years since, power outages linked to everything from equipment failures, faulty wires and an explosion at an electric power station have disrupted operations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, New York’s LaGuardia Airport, John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) International Airport and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada, CNBC reported.

During power outages at airports, generators and other forms of back-up power usually kick-in to power essential emergency lighting, but boarding, deplaning, airfield activity and the business of the airport often stops.

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