Cummins Power Generation and its distributors and dealers in the Northeast united to contribute coordinated relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. In addition to permanently installed standby power systems at many hospitals, office buildings and homes, some 415 rental generators have been deployed to provide temporary emergency power.
"Our products are contributing in two ways, both in supporting the immediate, primary needs of people affected by the storm and in longer-term rebuilding efforts," said Saravanan Selvan, strategy and marketing manager of the Global Rental Segment for Cummins Power Generation. "For immediate needs we are providing power to pump water out of flooded areas, as well as temporary power for lighting, heating and charging cell phones, which have now become the primary method for people to stay in touch. Beyond those immediate needs, our units will continue to provide power for rebuilding efforts until the necessary infrastructure is back in place."
Eleven of the 16 Cummins Power Generation distributors in North America mobilized rental fleets to help with the relief effort. At this time, the rental units delivered account for 215 megawatts (MW) of power. (A large commercial building may consume several megawatts of electrical power.) In addition to numerous retailers, banks and healthcare facilities, end users of these generators have included FEMA, the New York Port Authority, Bayer Pharmaceuticals and Sunny Delight Beverages Company.
In addition to rental generators, Cummins Power Generation manufactures permanently installed standby power systems for homes and businesses. These generators have allowed many people to stay safe and comfortable in their homes and to keep their businesses open, despite the widespread damage and destruction.
“As communities have begun the post-Sandy rebuilding process, demand for these types of units has already increased,” explained Vivek Malapati, residential and commercial property segment leader. “It’s crucial that we do all we can to help rebuild people’s lives and livelihoods, so we are adding manufacturing capacity this year and next to help meet their needs.”