Thank you for lifting the lid on the unhealthy proliferation of diesel backup generators in your Dec. 9, 2021 editorial: JUICE: No Guarantees New Diesel Backup Will Sit Mostly Unused. While the systems keep power flowing during weather-related outages, they produce harmful local air emissions, run many more hours than in the past, and are vulnerable to fuel supply risks.
What many do not know is that superior alternatives exist at the same or lower costs. Dual-purpose microgrid systems, which provide local power during an outage and support the broader grid in times of short supply, are supported by clean backup generators using natural gas or renewable fuels, which outperform diesel generators across the board. This proven technology, producing just 1% of the local emissions and toxic air pollution, is already replacing diesel in many industrial and commercial applications outside of California.
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