N.Y. Power Authority Calls on Its Large Customers to Cut Back on Electricity Use to Support Reliable Electricity Service in Response to Continued High Temperatures

Maura Balaban
(914) 390-8171

July 18, 2013


NEW YORK—With temperatures expected to reach close to 100 degrees today, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) again activated a program to reduce electricity use at public-facility locations in New York City in response to anticipated higher energy demand. NYPA has also issued a day-ahead notice of the possible activation of the program tomorrow.   

Today is the third consecutive day that NYPA has activated this reliability program, and the sixth time this summer. The longest consecutive number of days in which NYPA has called upon customers to cut back on electricity use under the program is four days, set during the heat wave of August 2001.

The Peak Reduction Program, which can be operated for up to 15 days between June 1 and September 1, features voluntary commitments by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the City University of New York to lower electricity use at 20 New York City locations during the highest-demand days of the air-conditioning season to help ensure reliable supplies of electricity. 

Today’s activation coincides with a statewide heat advisory issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Monday and the activation by the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) of similar demand response programs. The NYISO programs, known as the Special Case Resource Program and the Emergency Demand Response Program, also include the participation of several of NYPA’s large business and governmental customers located across the state.

Through the activation of NYPA’s Peak Load Reduction Program and the NYISO programs, NYPA customers have committed to curtail the use of over 54 megawatts (MW) during the activation events. (One megawatt is enough electricity to meet the power needs of 800 to 1,000 typical homes.)

Participating customers in NYPA’s Peak Load Management programs reduce their electricity demand with conservation measures such as shutting off unnecessary lighting and discretionary equipment, and, in some cases, by operating small, properly permitted backup generators. In return for the power curtailment, NYPA pays participants based on their energy reduction levels.

The Power Authority’s own comprehensive summer preparedness efforts across the state involve appropriate maintenance of its 16 generating facilities, which have a total combined capacity of approximately 5,450 MW, and over 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines, to ensure full strength for meeting the summer’s higher electricity demand. Currently, these facilities are all operating or available for service. For more information on NYPA’s Peak Load Management Programs, please visit

About NYPA:

The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020. ■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■ For more information visit and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Wordpress and @NYPAenergy on Twitter.

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