NYPA Activates Peak Load
Management Program; New York City Customers
Cut Peak Demand by More Than 50,000 Kilowatts
July 2, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK—To accommodate increased demand for electricity resulting from
extreme summer heat, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) today activated its
Peak Load Management program (PLM) to help reduce power usage during
peak-demand hours. The action will cut electricity use in New York City by
more than 50,000 kilowatts (kw), an amount equivalent to the output of more
than one small power plant.
NYPA customers participating in its Peak Load Management 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. The
participants achieve the power cutbacks by implementing energy-saving
measures such as turning off or dimming non-essential lighting and adjusting
air-conditioning settings, and using their own on-site generators. The Power
Authority began the program as a demonstration project in 1999.
Among the participants in the program are New York City government, the
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the City University of New
York, the State University of New York, and Salomon Smith Barney.
New York Power Authority Chairman Louis P. Ciminelli said, “NYPA’s Peak
Load Management program is part of a statewide effort to reduce the peak
demand for electricity to assure the reliability of New York State’s
New York State government has assumed a leadership role in developing
demand response and energy efficiency initiatives through the inter-agency
task force for the Coordinated Electricity Demand Reduction Initiative (CEDRI).
The task force includes NYPA, the New York State Energy Research &
Development Authority (NYSERDA), Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and the
State Public Service Commission (PSC). CEDRI employs enhanced load
management and demand response programs, distributed generation and public
awareness campaigns to sustain the reliability of New York State’s
electricity supplies during the peak demand periods caused by summer heat.
In addition to the more than 50,000 kilowatts of demand reduction from
NYPA’s New York City customers enrolled in the Peak Load Management Program,
NYPA has enlisted its customers throughout the state to commit to more than
360,000 kilowatts of energy reductions under separate contract arrangements
or though New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) demand reduction