Power Protection FEATURED ARTICLE

Even the Kentucky Derby Can't Outrun Power Outages

May 11, 2016

  By Steve Anderson, Contributing Writer

It's one of the biggest equestrian events of the year in the United States, and the Kentucky Derby draws plenty of attention from all over the world. According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, however, that famous race might well have been stopped at the gate as a power outage struck Fairmount Park, where the Derby is run.



While the power outage—which hit about an hour before the running—only had so much impact, it was still impact enough to take notice of. The race ran, the lights stayed on and the public address system was up and running thanks to backup generators. However, Fairmount's betting machines and television sets showing odds did go out and stayed out, meaning that some who had been hoping to place a wager on Derby favorite horse Nyquist were unable to do so. Given that Nyquist won, this becomes an even more bitter pill to swallow.

Fairmount spokesman Jon Sloane noted that most of the money that would have been bet on Nyquist had already been done, and that anyone who had a winning ticket but was unable to cash it in due to the power outage could do so throughout the remainder of the Fairmount season, running up to Labor Day.

This demonstrates a valuable point about the need to keep backup power supplies on hand for any operation that faces the public or has a necessary business component. While the horses may not need power to run, the entire infrastructure does, and turning away potential customers—bettors or otherwise—isn't a great way to do business. Materials like uninterruptible power supplies can be helpful here, providing those last bursts of backup power that can be used to let workers save data and shut down a computer properly, and larger-scale systems—as demonstrated so ably at Fairmount Park—can allow a system to keep running even when the power goes out. That kind of flexibility helps encourage repeat business, as customers know that storms and power outages likely won't shut down operations. It could mean the difference between a workday hampered and a workday lost outright.

Being ready for a power outage requires some advance planning, a bit of sacrifice—power generation systems can sometimes be expensive if purchased all at once—and a clear awareness that it's not smart to depend on one source for anything, particularly something as valuable as power. Backup systems are a smart idea, and one just about anyone can put into play. Even the Kentucky Derby can't outrun a power outage, so being ready for one instead is the best plan of attack.




Power Your campus

Featured Whitepapers

Security & Power: The Critical Role of Power Protection for Security

This White Paper provides security users and installers with valuable information about the importance of power protection for security equipment.

Saving Time & Money with Remote Power Management

This White Paper provides statistics and information about the cost of downtime related to remote equipment, and how organizations can benefit from including remote power management products (IP-addressable PDUs) in their power protection strategy.

Powering Your Disaster Planning

The white paper describes key components of a comprehensive plan to prevent businesses and other organizations from suffering severe consequences as a result of a power outage.

Featured Technotes

What is 3-phase Power?

This installment of the TechNotes series takes you through the basics of single, dual, and 3-phase power, giving you the knowledge to decide which type of power is best for your needs.

Endeavor: Added Runtime vs. Added Cost

This TechNotes paper looks at the relationship between added cost and added runtime when including XL battery packs with Minuteman Endeavor 1kVA, 2kVA, & 3kVA UPSs.

Featured Podcast

The Importance of Remote Power Management for Disaster Preparedness

TMC podcast with Minuteman UPS/Para Systems on the importance of remote power management solutions for optimum power protection.