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Energy reduction needed today

OHIO asked to turn off electric items from 1:45 to 8 p.m.

UPDATE 4:30 p.m. Facilities Management sent the following information to the University community informing them of the progress of the Demand Response program:

We would like to thank everyone for the effort on reducing energy use on campus. The Campus started the initiative at 22.4 Megawatts with a commitment to reduce to 16.2 Megawatts. Energy Direct, the company that we work with on the Demand Reduction, offered extra incentives to meet that demand. We are happy to report, that as of 1:45 p.m., the campus electrical usage was at 16.0 Megawatts. It is an incredible accomplishment that was made possible by all of the Students, Faculty and Staff on campus.

We do need to keep up the good work until 8 p.m. Facilities will return the campus to normal operation before morning and everything should be working by 8:30 p.m. We will have another update on the event when we get the final report back from Energy Connect, but in the meantime, thank you for your support of this program.

As a part of the Demand Response program that Ohio University has entered into with Energy Connect, a nationwide company that will pay the University for the ability to reduce power during the summer, a reduction in electrical power is now needed.

The power reduction is necessary today, Sept. 11, from 1:45 to 8 p.m.

There is currently high demand on the Southern Ohio regional electric grid that will require this reduction in usage. The ability to reduce power will determine the amount of the reimbursement to the University and could garner more than $47,000.

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 to 8 p.m., in the event that the electricity grid nears its capacity.

Your voluntary participation is crucial to the success of the initiative. From 1:45 to 8 p.m. today, Facilities Management and the Office of Sustainability 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.

Facilities Management thanks you for your patience and understanding during this event. If you have any questions, call 740-593-2911.