Climate Change Risks: Re-Examining Power Backup Requirements

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Sponsored by Kohler
Presented by Julius Neudorfer

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how the efforts to mitigate climate change by the increasing use of renewable energy sources is impacting the power grid.
  2. Identify the enhanced risks to backup power systems posed by frequent and severe instances of extreme weather.
  3. Discuss how backup generators combined with local energy storage systems can enhance overall backup power availability.
  4. Explain the requirements of integrating facility generator backup systems with other distributed energy resources (DER) to reduce peak demands, load shedding, and power restrictions.


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Historic geographic weather patterns are shifting. The 100-year event has become common place; and virtually no place on the map is immune to such risks. When a utility disruption occurs, everyone expects the backup power system to start and run flawlessly as long as necessary, whether it’s for 30 minutes or 30 days. In light of these expanded and unpredictable risks, electrical power infrastructure and power backup system requirements must be reassessed. While the use of renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, has greatly expanded, utility and grid operators have been able to manage and balance renewables with traditional, continuous baseload generation resources fueled by coal and natural gas. This webinar will reevaluate the requirements for premised-based backup power systems in response to the effects of climate change.

Julius Neudorfer is the CTO and founder of North American Access Technologies, Inc. Based in Westchester NY, NAAT’s clients include Fortune 500 firms and government agencies. NAAT has been designing and implementing data center infrastructure and related technology projects for the last 25 years. He is a member of AFCOM, ASHRAE, IEEE, iMasons and The Green Grid. He is also an instructor for the US Department of Energy “Data Center Energy Practitioner” “DCEP” program. He developed and holds a US patent for a high efficiency cooling system for rack mounted computer equipment. Julius writes the “Hot Aisle Insight” column at Mission Critical Magazine, and has also written numerous articles and whitepapers for various IT and data center publications and has presented seminars and webinars on data center power, cooling and energy efficiency.


Kohler A global force in power solutions since 1920, Kohler is committed to reliable, intelligent products, purposeful engineering and responsive after-sale support. The company manufactures complete power systems, including generators (portable, residential, industrial, and marine), automatic transfer switches, switchgear, monitoring controls, and accessories for emergency, prime power and energy-management applications worldwide. For more details, please visit
Originally published in May 2021