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Demand Response test Thursday

On Thursday, June 23, the final test for the Demand Response Program will be performed. The Athens campus must demonstrate that it can reduce its electrical load by 4 megawatts to be considered for the payment for the reductions.  The first tests were very successful and I believe this final test will also be a success.  

To help us reach the 4 megawatt reduction, we need to use electricity normally until 2:15 p.m. and then institute the reductions that were done during the first test.  It is very important to meet the times for the reductions.  At the same time, we will be pre-cooling the campus as normal to simulate a warm day.  At 2:30 p.m. we will reduce the chiller loads and several non critical air handlers to try and reach our goal.

Since the forecast for Thursday is predicting a high around 79 degrees and cloudy with a chance of rain, there is a good chance the campus will not feel the effects of the controlled shutdown.  However, if anyone has an issue during the test, please call the Facilities desk at 3-2911 and report the issue.  We will be watching the space temperatures to see how this affects the campus.

Remember, some of the methods for reducing power usage during this time are:

  • 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.

And a new one discovered lately:                             

  • Please close all lab fume hoods that are not in active use during the test time.  It will reduce the fan speeds of the make-up air for the space.

At the conclusion of the test, we will be able to calculate the total payment the University qualifies for and I will send out a notice letting the campus know the totals.

Thank you in advance for your participation.