Power Authority Activates Electric
Load Reduction Program to Reduce Anticipated Peak Demand Tuesday
July 8, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) activated
its Peak Load Management (PLM) program Tuesday in New York City in
anticipation of high electricity demand from hot and humid weather
conditions. It marks the second day this summer that the Power Authority has
put the program into effect.
“Various Power Authority customers—both businesses and
government organizations—participate in the program, helping to manage
available power supplies during the air-conditioning season,” said Louis P.
Ciminelli, NYPA chairman. “Their reduction in power use helps to maintain
the reliability of the electric system during the most uncomfortable summer
Participating customers receive $40 for each kilowatt
of electricity they commit to save when called on during the high-demand
months, from June through September. NYPA may make such requests for up to
15 weekdays, with the standard duration of the reductions lasting up to six
hours (12 noon-6 p.m.).
Notices of the possible activation of the program are
issued a day ahead, followed by confirmation on the day of the event.
Among the participating customers are the Metropolitan
Transportation Authority, the New York City Department of Environmental
Protection and the City University of New York.
Last summer, the PLM program reduced power usage in the
city by more than 50,000 kilowatts, or about the output of a small power
plant. The Power Authority expects to add to the peak amount this summer,
with additional customer locations participating, raising the total to 75.
Participants achieve the power cutbacks through various
measures, including turning off or dimming nonessential lighting, adjusting
air-conditioning settings and using their own on-site generators.
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.