DTE Inks Deal to Market Standby Power Units
DTE Energy Technologies, an unregulated subsidiary of DTE Energy
Co., reached a distribution agreement with Waukesha, WI- based
GENERAC Power Systems, a manufacturer of prepackaged standby power
systems for homes and small businesses.
DTE will market the prepackaged Generac GUARDIAN product, which
provides fully automatic standby power for homes and small
businesses, as well as custom-designed engineered systems for
larger commercial and industrial customers in Southeastern
The standby power system operates on natural or LP gas with
rated power ranges of 6 kilowatts (kW) to 40 kW. Each unit includes
an automatic transfer switch, which transfers household current to
the generator when utility power shuts down. Once power is
restored, the electrical load automatically is switched back to the
utility power source.
The fully enclosed transfer switch is mounted in close proximity
to the home's main circuit breaker panel and serves as a relay
station during a power failure. At the core of its distributed
generation product suite, DTE Energy Technologies is the four-state
(Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Indiana) distributor of the Plug
Power fuel cell, which will be available and marketed to
residential customers in early 2001.
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