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University demonstration of energy reduction capability to be held today

Reduction could earn university more than $47,000

The OHIO community is being asked to take specific steps to reduce its electricity consumption from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. today as part of a program that could generate additional funding for the University.

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 power 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 $47,000. 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 the University's 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 to 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 today from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Voluntary participation is crucial to the success of the initiative.  All University offices and employees are asked to do the following:

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

• Operate laptops on battery power.

• Print pages at another time 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.

For more information, contact Facilities Management Energy Management.