EGSA President’s message
Most organizations that adopt generated power may find complexities daunting and hard to navigate—but they don’t have to be.
The Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA) is a global association committed to the on-site power industry, which covers power systems not supplied by a utility. Utility-run power may not have changed visibly over the last 20 years, but on-site power has graduated and is poised to meet the advancing demands of power customers who seek power solutions that balance those demands with cost, safety, security, and emerging technologies.
Each EGSA member company is in some way connected to the generation, storage, transmission, or control of nonutility power. That’s one reason why our partnership with Consulting-Specifying Engineer is so important. It’s a pleasure to have this annual opportunity to provide you with an industry update.
The preparation of the accompanying articles has been done with education in mind. Hopefully, this glimpse into the world of on-site power will energize you to find out more about EGSA and the products and services our members offer to the world—including new trends and emerging technologies that keep our global economy powered.
Today’s standby generator is a sensitive, expensive, and complex piece of machinery that requires an expert to install and maintain. Most organizations that adopt generated power may find these complexities daunting and hard to navigate—but they don’t have to be. When it comes to on-site power, EGSA is the best and most-trusted resource.
While it may be expensive to install, maintain, and run an on-site power system, the necessity for the generator to function on demand is the most important component in any disaster plan. Many facilities don’t take their generator systems seriously. Why would you trust this task to anyone other than an EGSA Certified Technician?
Our industry has adopted a self-regulating approach that has instituted a certified technician program administered by an accredited college. It has also encouraged instituting request for proposal and service contract guidelines to require or give preference to EGSA-certified technicians.
As an association, we embrace the challenges the world is facing today in power and continue to be the face of our industry. We want to hear from you. Drop us a line, visit our website at www.egsa.org, call us at 561-750-5575, or join us on Facebook and LinkedIn.
John Kelly, Jr.
2011 EGSA President
President, Kelly Generator & Equipment Inc.
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