Activates Peak Load Program On Second Day This Week; New York
City Customers to Cut Demand by Over 50,000 Kilowatts
July 3, 2002
the second consecutive day, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) has
activated its Peak Load Management (PLM) program to help reduce power use
during peak demand hours, from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. The action will cut
electricity consumption in New York City by more than 50,000 kilowatts, or
an amount equal to the output of a small power plant.
participating in the PLM program, including New York City government, the
Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the City and State Universities of
New York and Salomon Smith Barney, receive $40 for each kilowatt of
electricity they commit to save during the high-demand summer months. The
Power Authority may make cutback requests for up to 15 weekdays during those
In addition to
today and yesterday, the Authority activated the program two days last
participants achieve the power cutbacks by implementing energy-saving
measures such as turning off or adjusting non-essential appliances and using
their own generators.
The New York
Power Authority’s Peak Load Management program is part of a statewide effort
to reduce the demand for electricity. The New York Independent System
Operator (NYISO), the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority
(NYSERDA), the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and the State Public
Service Commission (PSC) are coordinating efforts to sustain the reliability
of New York State’s electricity supplies during the peak demand periods
caused by summer heat.
In addition to
the more than 50,000 kilowatts of demand reduction from NYPA’s New York City
customers enrolled in the Peak Load Management Program, NYPA has enlisted
its customers throughout the state to commit to more than 360,000 kilowatts
of energy reductions under separate contract arrangements or though NYISO
demand reduction programs.