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Hot Weather Triggers Second Day for N.Y. Power Authority Demand Reduction Program for Participating Customers in N.Y.C.

Connie Cullen

June 10, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                           

NEW YORK—Due to the forecasts of continuing hot weather and heavy electric use, on Tuesday the New York Power Authority (NYPA) activated its Peak Load Management (PLM) program for the second day in a row.  The PLM program is a highly successful partnership between NYPA and its customers for reducing electricity usage at the time of peak electrical demand in New York City.

The Power Authority activated the PLM program on Monday and also gave notice to PLM participants of plans to activate the program on Tuesday, based on forecasts of hot weather and predicted electricity usage.  The energy-saving measures, which are being undertaken at some 100 locations, include shutting off nonessential lighting and discretionary equipment, limiting the cooling of buildings, and use of small, properly permitted, on-site generators. 

“It is the energy-reducing actions of those like the Power Authority’s customers participating in our Peak Load Management program that have contributed to the reliability of  New York’s electric grid during this current heat wave,” said NYPA President and Chief Executive Officer Roger B. Kelley. 

Those participating in the program this year are committed to lowering their grid power usage through various measures by a total of almost 61 megawatts (mw), which would be the amount of power required by almost 48,000 homes. Participating customers include the City of New York, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the New York State Office of General Services and larger business customers throughout the city.

Saturday through today marks the first heat wave of 2008 with weather forecasts approaching the 100-degree mark and heat indexes exceeding 105 degrees for Tuesday. Forecasts are showing loads in excess of 13,000 mw.

The Power Authority pays participating customers for each kilowatt they save on PLM days. The program allows for PLM events for up to 15 weekdays, from June 1 through September 30, limited to two to six hours, anytime between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. (Tuesday’s PLM event was scheduled to be between noon and 6 p.m.)

 About NYPA:

■    NYPA 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 is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.  ■   For more information, please go to

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