NYPA Activates Electricity
Demand Reduction Program for Participating Customers in New York City
June 14, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
activated its Peak Load Management (PLM) program Tuesday—the fourth time
since June 7—with participating government and business customers in New
York City asked to lower their power use due to the hot weather.
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.
“The lowered power demand contributes to the
reliability of New York City’s overall electric system during the
hottest days of the year when power demand is at its highest,” said
Louis P. Ciminelli, NYPA chairman. He noted that the PLM program, now in
its sixth year, reduces the amount of power carried over transmission
lines from power plants outside the city.
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
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 PLM
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.