NYPA Activates Peak Load Management Program
Customers Expected to Cut Demand by Over 50,000 Kilowatts
August 13, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) activated its Peak Load
Management (PLM) program today (Tuesday) in New York City in anticipation of
high electricity demand resulting from hot and humid weather conditions. It
marks the tenth 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 p.m.).
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, participating customers managed to reduce
their electricity use by a total of more than 50,000 kilowatts, which is
about equal to the output of a small power plant. The Power Authority
expects to increase that total as additional customers, and multiple sites
and facilities, participate.
Customers receive a day-ahead notice of the possible activation of the
program. Confirmation notices are then issued on the morning of the peak
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