NYPA Activates Peak Load Management
NYC Customers Expected to Cut Demand by Over 50,000 Kilowatts
August 2, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) activated its Peak Load
Management (PLM) program today (Friday) in New York City in anticipation of
high electricity demand due to the hot and humid weather conditions. It
marks the eighth day this summer that the Power Authority has put the
program into effect, as part of a coordinated effort to manage the available
electricity capacity in the state and prevent power disruptions.
NYPA customers participating in the program receive $40
for each kilowatt of electricity they commit to save when called on during
the high-demand months, from June through September. The Power Authority may
make such requests for up to 15 weekdays during those months, with the
standard duration of the reductions lasting up to six hours (12 noon-6
Participants achieve the power cutbacks through various
measures, including turning off or dimming non-essential lighting, adjusting
air-conditioning settings, and using their own on-site generators.
Among the NYPA customers participating are the
Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the City and State Universities of
New York, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and
Salomon Smith Barney.
On previous PLM days this summer, participating
customers managed to reduce their electricity use by a total of more than
50,000 kilowatts, which is about equal to the output of a small power plant.
The Power Authority expects to increase that total as additional customers,
and multiple sites and facilities, participate.
Customers receive day-ahead notice of the possible
activation of the program. Confirmation notices are then issued on the
morning of the peak load day.
NYPA’s PLM program is part of a larger effort under New York State
government’s direction known as the Coordinated Electricity Demand Reduction
Initiative, or CEDRI, that has resulted in substantial cutbacks in power use
this summer. In addition to NYPA, it involves the New York Independent
System Operator, the New York State Energy Research and Development
Authority, the Long Island Power Authority, and the New York State Public