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"The U.S. endures more blackouts than any other developed nation"(energy.gov).

Mother Nature Never Pauses

Weather accounts for 68-73% of all major outages. It is difficult for utility crews to work in adverse weather conditions. Making sure that the battery backup system is ready to go at a moment's notice is crucial from an emergency and a financial standpoint.

"The U.S. electrical grid loses power 285% more often than it did in 1984"(energy.gov)

Switchgear maintenance is key to continued reliable operation, but this maintenance is periodic, leaving risk between checks. This is because more extensive power distribution causes an increased demand on employee time.

"The U.S. grid outages cost American businesses as much as $150 billion per year"(energy.gov).

NERC PRC-005 Protection System Maintenance Program

In a move to prevent another regional blackout of that scale, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) now regulates bulk power systems. The not-for-profit regulatory organization, which oversees the United States, Canada and Northern Baja California, Mexico, ensures reliability of power utilities by developing and enforcing maintenance and monitoring standards.

One of those standards is PRC-005-2, Protection System Maintenance. The U.S. Government, as a way to ensure that utilities were taking measures and paying attention to their systems, established the PRC-005-2 Protection System Maintenance Program (PSMP).

One of the components of PRC-005-2 is assessing the reliability of batteries used in the utility industry. Among other things, the requirement dictates four- six- and 18-month maintenance plans for VLA, VRLA and NiCad batteries.

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Midtronics provides the needed hardware to help meet each customer's NERC PRC-005-2 battery maintenance plan.

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From hand held battery testers to fully automated battery monitoring solutions. Along with hardware, Midtronics provides software to bring the total solution together. Midtronics can take battery test data from hand held battery testers and/or battery monitoring systems and provide automatic analysis of test data, alarming and data retention to ensure your critical power systems can perform when called upon and stay compliant.

"Demand for electricity has grown 10% over the last decade. However, infrastructure is often dependent on batteries to store energy and batteries, by their very nature, can be unreliable"(energy.gov).

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