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Backup Power Failure Leads to Casino Blackout

  December 23, 2019

By Greg Zimmerman

Failing to regularly test backup power systems is a gamble many facility managers can’t afford to make. Testing generators can help ensure that they’re in tip-top shape in case of emergencies or planned outages for electrical maintenance.

Potawotomi Casino in Milwaukee recently had to close for several hours because backup generators failed to function as intended. The casino was performing planned electrical maintenance work overnight, and the generators didn’t kick on as expected, according to WISN, resulting in the power outage. 

The casino had to be evacuated for about six hours, because the power outage created a security issue, saddening some potential early-morning bettors. The hotel connected to the casino was unaffected by the power outage. 

This post was submitted by Greg Zimmerman, executive editor, Building Operating Management and FacilitiesNet.com. Read his cover story about Chris Walinski and his mission to make open offices flexible and productive.


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