NYPA Activates Electricity
Demand Reduction Program for Participating Customers in New York City
July 19, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
activated its Peak Load Management (PLM) program Tuesday, with
participating government and business customers in New York City asked
to reduce their power use.
The purpose of the program is to help NYPA manage
available electricity supplies during the hottest days of the summer, to
ensure it meets reliability requirements for 80 percent of the peak load
in the city to be met by in-city power plants.
“The Peak Load Management Program contributes to
the overall efforts under Governor Pataki to make certain that New York
City and New York State have sufficient power reserves during those days
of the year when air conditioners are running flat out,” said Eugene W.
Zeltmann, NYPA president and chief executive officer. He noted that the
program, now in its sixth year, reduces the amount of power carried over
transmission lines from power plants outside the city.
Participants achieve the power cutbacks through
such measures as turning off nonessential lighting and computers,
adjusting air-conditioner settings, running fewer elevators and shutting
down decorative fountains.
A total of 14 NYPA customers are participating in
the PLM program at 93 locations. Together, they’ve committed to cut back
on their electricity use by a total of 61 megawatts (mw). (One mw is
about the equivalent of the power for 1,000 homes.)
Among the participants are the Metropolitan
Transportation Authority, the New York City Department of Environmental
Protection, the City University of New York, and Citibank.
The Power Authority pays the participating
customers $40 for each kilowatt of electricity they commit to reduce
when called upon. Under the program, it may make such requests for up to
15 weekdays, from June 1 through September 30. The duration of the
reductions are limited to two to six hours, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Customers are given a day-ahead alert and a
two-hour notice on the day of the event, confirming the program’s
activation. (Participants have been advised of the possibility of
another PLM event for Wednesday, based on the latest weather forecast.)
The Power Authority supports similar load-reduction
programs that include additional NYPA customers in other areas of the
state. These initiatives, along with the PLM program, combine for a
potential peak-load reduction of more than 122 mw linked to NYPA’s
NYPA provides lower-cost power for thousands of
public facilities in New York City, saving them hundreds of millions of
dollars a year on their electric bills. It has also invested in major
energy efficiency measures for those customers that have lowered their
utility bills by nearly $55 million annually, helping to eliminate about
440,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year.