Power and Generators for Events: What You Need to Know

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How do I calculate the amount of power I’ll need for my event? Does the venue have that much? Does it have it in the right locations? Why does it cost so much to have ‘power drops’ where I need outlets? What’s the difference between amps, volts and watts? If I need a generator, what do I need to know? So much of what goes into event production requires electrical power. Yet most planners know dangerously little about their event’s electrical needs. Production expert Brandt Krueger lays it all out in an easy to understand manner, including what items typically require power, how much power they consume, and typical power costs. We’ll also touch on safety, power location, negotiation points, and the most common mistakes planners make with it comes to power and generators.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the difference between amps, watts and volts.
  • List common event items and identify approximately how much power each is likely to use.
  • Identify key factors to consider when renting a generator.
  • List potential risks involved when working with electrical items, and best practices for avoiding them.

Course Information

Estimated Time: 58 mins

Difficulty: Intermediate

CMP Credit Hours:

Brandt Krueger

As a first generation personal computer user since the age of 6, technology is part of Brandt’s DNA. Combine that DNA with a degree in Technical Theatre and a core in Psychology, add in almost 20 years experience in the meetings and events industry, and you get a powerful event technology cocktail.

In addition to being published on numerous websites such as CorbinBall.com, EventManagerBlog.com, and the Convention Industry Council, he has landed articles in trade publications such as Meetings and Conventions Magazine and Insurance & Financial Meetings Management Magazine. He’s spoken at various industry events such as Collinson Collaborate, BizBash’s Elevate, MPI’s World Education Congress, FICP’s Education Forum, Event Camp (London, Chicago, and Middle East), and even a one week intensive for government ministers and guests on producing large scale events in Turkmenistan.

He currently teaches many public and private classes through the Event Leadership Institute, and is the owner of Event Technology Consulting, an appropriately named company that provides meeting and event technology consulting services.

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