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University participating in Demand Response Reduction Initiative beginning June 14

Facilities Management is pleased to announce that Ohio University has enrolled in a Demand Response program with Energy Connect, a nationwide company that will pay the University for the ability to reduce power during the summer.  

If an actual reduction is needed, it will be based on southern Ohio regional challenges that could require a reduction in usage for several hours. The ability to reduce power will determine the amount of the reimbursement to the University and could garner more than $135,000 dollars. These dollars will help the University meet budget shortages in the next year.

In addition to the financial incentive, the program is an opportunity for the University to develop techniques to distribute its electric load. Since power plants must be built to meet peak electricity demand, decreasing our peak through better distribution ultimately avoids construction of additional power plants in the region.

By enrolling in the program, the University has agreed to reduce its electricity consumption during hours of peak demand, typically noon-8 p.m., in the event that the electricity grid nears its capacity.

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.

Your voluntary participation is crucial to the success of the initiative.  You will receive an e-mail reminding you of the test dates.  During the time period we request that you do the following:

  • 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.

Thank you in advance for your participation.