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Athens campus meets emergency power reduction goals on Tuesday

University still eligible for $47,000 payment

Mike Gebeke, Ohio University executive director of Facilities Management, said he would like to thank campus members for participating in the emergency power reduction on Tuesday afternoon.

Gebeke said the Athens campus met its reduction goal yesterday and is still eligible for the $47,000 annual payment from Energy Connect, a nationwide company that will pay the University for the ability to reduce power during the summer.

"The reduction has never been required by participants in Ohio in the past," Gebeke said. "As a campus, we had approximately one hour to reduce our load to meet the needs of the reduction. I am happy to say that we met the goal and continue to be eligible for participation in the program."

After yesterday's successful reduction, Gebeke said Energy Connect sent him the following message:

"Thanks very much for your participation. You have contributed to avoiding a brown-out or blackout in the AEP & Dominion utility zones. This is the first time in the history of the program that an event has been called in Ohio."

Gebeke said all systems should be back to normal today.

"Again, we are grateful for the help in reducing power yesterday and apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced," Gebeke said.

Anyone with questions or concerns should contact the Facilities Desk at 740-593-2911.