Power Authority Activates
Electric Load Reduction Program Wednesday for New York City
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
activated its Peak Load Management (PLM) program Wednesday for the
first time this summer due to the hot weather, with some of its
large government and business customers in New York City asked to
cut back on electricity at more than 80 locations.
“The Power Authority’s Peak Load Management
program is part of a coordinated effort under Governor George E.
Pataki to ensure that New York City and New York State have a safe
margin of generating capacity to meet electricity demand on the
hottest days of the year,” said Louis P. Ciminelli, NYPA chairman.
“Over the last five summers, the program has been one of the
mainstays for managing power supplies when air conditioners are on
overdrive, testing the reliability of electricity service in the
Participating PLM customers receive $40 for each
kilowatt of electricity they commit to reduce 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 up to six hours (12 noon-6 p.m.).
Based on weather forecasts, NYPA issued notices
Tuesday of the possible activation of the program, followed by
confirmation notices Wednesday morning of the plans for the PLM
event. Day-ahead notices have also gone out for a possible event day
Among the participating Power Authority
customers—all of which agreed to participate in the program
beforehand—are the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the City
University of New York and Citibank. Together, the PLM participants
account for a load reduction of 62 megawatts (mw).
They achieve the power cutbacks through such
measures as turning off nonessential lighting and computers,
adjusting air-conditioner settings, running fewer elevators and
shutting down decorative fountains.
The Power Authority also supports similar
load-reduction programs by the Long Island Power Authority and the
New York Independent System Operator that include additional NYPA
customers on Long Island and in New York City and other areas of the
state. These initiatives, along with the PLM program, combine for a
peak-load reduction of more than 177 mw that is directly related to
The various programs fall under a Coordinated
Energy Demand Reduction Initiative led by Governor Pataki for
lessening the statewide summer peak load by more than 950 mw, or
about the output of a large power plant..