NYPA Peak Load Management Program Wins National Award
October 7, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
— The New York Power Authority’s program to reduce customer energy
usage during times of peak energy demand earned a national award from the
Peak Load Management Alliance during ceremonies held today in Annapolis,
“The success of our Peak Load Management Program (PLM) is based on the
tremendous cooperation we’ve received from our varied customers. It is one
of the array of initiatives instituted, under Governor George Pataki’s
leadership, to respond effectively to summertime energy peaks,” said NYPA
Chairman Louis P. Ciminelli.
In the summer of 2002 NYPA activated the demand reduction program 12 times.
PLM participating customers reduced their electricity use by a total of
more than 50,000 kilowatts, which is about equal to the output of a small
The Power Authority received the “2002 Performance Recognition Award” in the
government entity category for large publicly-owned utilities.
The Peak Load Management Alliance, of which the Power Authority is a member,
was formed as a coalition of organizations of electricity suppliers, load
shedding systems manufacturers, research groups and trade associations to
promote the concept of reducing demand for electricity in response to
pricing signals in the marketplace.
"There are a lot of innovative and creative load reduction programs being
operated this year," remarked Elliot Boardman, Executive Director of PLMA.
"This is a way to recognize and highlight the best programs."
The award is based on the following criteria: customer satisfaction; program
clarity, flexibility and ease of participation; program management; customer
education; innovative use of demand response and/or communication
technology; management of program and/or customer performance information;
and cost effectiveness.
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
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
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
The New York Power Authority supplies about a quarter of
the state’s electricity needs.