NYPA Activates Electricity
Demand Reduction Program for Participating Customers in New York City
June 8, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) activated its Peak Load
Management (PLM) program Wednesday, for the first time this year, with
participating government and business customers in New York City asked to
lower their power use in anticipation of higher demand due to the hot
The purpose of the program is to help NYPA manage the electric load of those
customers during the air-conditioning season, from June 1 through September
30. The goal is to ensure it meets reliability requirements for 80 percent
of the peak load in the city to be met by in-city power plants.
“This is now the sixth year of the Peak Load Management program, an
award-winning initiative for reducing the amount of power carried over
transmission lines from power plants outside of the city,” said Louis P.
Ciminelli, NYPA chairman. “The lowered demand contributes to the reliability
of the city’s overall electric system during the hottest days of the year
when power demand is at its highest.”
Participants 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.
A total of 14 customers are participating in the PLM program at 87
locations. Together, they’ve committed to cut back on their electricity use
by a total of 60 megawatts (mw). (One mw is about the equivalent of the
power for 1,000 homes.)
Among those participating are the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the
New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the City University of
New York, and Citibank.
The Power Authority pays the participating customers $40 for each kilowatt
of electricity they commit to reduce when called upon during the hot weather
months. Under the program, it may make such requests for up to 15 weekdays,
with the duration of the reductions limited to two to six hours, between 11
a.m. and 7 p.m.
Customers are given a day-ahead alert and a two-hour notice on the day of
the event, confirming the program’s activation.
The Power Authority provides lower-cost power for thousands of public
facilities in New York City saving them hundreds of millions of dollars a
year on their electric bills. It has also invested in major energy
efficiency measures for those customers that have lowered their utility
bills by more than $54 million annually, helping to eliminate about 433,000
tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year.