Authority Activates Electric Load Reduction Program to Reduce
Anticipated Peak Demand Thursday
June 24, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
activated its Peak Load Management (PLM) program Thursday in New York
City in anticipation of high electricity demand from hot and humid
weather conditions. It marks the first day this summer that the Power
Authority has put the program into effect.
“The Peak Load Management program contributes to
the statewide efforts under Governor Pataki for managing available power
supplies during the summer season when the state’s electric power system
is pushed to its limits,” said Louis P. Ciminelli, NYPA chairman. “The
program includes the participation of some of the Power Authority’s
largest customers, who have made commitments to cut back on their
electricity use on peak demand days.”
Participating customers—both businesses and
government organizations—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,
which is now in its fourth year, are issued a day ahead. Those are
followed by confirmation notices 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 raising the total to 75.
Participants achieve power cutbacks through various
measures, including turning off or dimming nonessential lighting,
adjusting air-conditioning settings and using their own on-site
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.