Hot Weather Triggers Second Day
for N.Y. Power Authority Demand Reduction Program for Participating Customers
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
“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.)
■ 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 www.nypa.gov.
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