Now soaking wet, the “elephant in the room” is perhaps easier to see. With its floodwaters swamping generators, switchgear, and fueling components for backup power systems serving scores of facilities in and around New York City in October 2012, Hurricane Sandy exposed a flaw in backup power that now may be too big to ignore. The fact is many systems still may be housed in highly vulnerable areas that could compromise their reliability. Sandy, rated a 100-year storm at minimum, ...

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