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Demand Response Reduction Initiative update


As a follow up to the previous article regarding Ohio University’s participation in Energy Connect’s Demand Response Reduction Program, the Facilities Management Department in partnership with the Office of Sustainability would like to let the campus know the details of the program.  

During the summer months, when the demand and weather are predicted to cause a need for a reduction, the University will get a notice – 24 hours in advance – for a potential reduction.   The next day, if the reduction is needed, OHIO will receive a two hour notice for the reduction to be in place.  At that time, the campus will need to reduce its electric load.

The campus will be notified about the 24-hour notice through email, online and other communication methods.  When the two hour notice is given, the entire campus will be notified and reductions will start to take place.  The possible timeline for any "event" will occur between noon to 8 p.m., June 1 to Sept. 30.  The past history of any "event" has been for less than one hour.

The test runs on June 14 and June 23 will determine the amount of the payment the University will receive. If the University can show that it can reduce usage by four megawatts, OHIO will receive a $135,000 payment. If it is less than four megawatts, OHIO will receive a prorated amount. In order to reduce demand, the Office of Sustainability has agreed to perform audits of departments who request help with identifying ways of reducing their electric usage for the test dates.  If an office or department would like a visit, please email sustainability@ohio.edu to schedule a time.

Everyone's voluntary participation is crucial to the success of the initiative.  As a reminder, the following items are suggestions for possible electrical reductions during the test:

  • Shut down and unplug all computers that are not in use.

  • Operate laptops on battery power.

  • Plan print runs at another time of day and shut down and unplug all copy machines.

  • Unplug fax machines, refrigerators, coffee pots, space heaters and additional appliances.

  • Open the blinds and shut off all unnecessary lights.

  • Turn off window air-conditioning units.

  • Adjust thermostat to a higher temperature.

  • Unplug all unnecessary appliances and chargers.

Again, the university must demonstrate that it can reduce its electricity consumption upon request on the following test dates:

  • June 14 from 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

  • June 23 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

There will be another notice before the first test as a reminder and hopefully, some new information on an advanced meter that will allow the University faculty and staff see how we are doing in the reduction efforts.

Thank you in advance for your participation.