NYPA Activates Peak Load Management Program; NYC
Customers Expected to Cut Demand by Over 50,000 Kilowatts
August 14, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) activated its Peak Load
Management (PLM) program today (Wednesday) in New York City in anticipation
of high electricity demand as a result of very hot and humid weather
conditions. It marks the 11th 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, and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
On previous PLM days this summer—the most recent
yesterday—participating customers reduced their electricity use by a total
of more than 50,000 kilowatts, which is about equal to the output of a small
Customers receive a 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 Service Commission.