NYPA calls on large customers to cut back on electricity use

July 19, 2013

NEW YORK—With record-setting temperatures expected to continue on Friday, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) again activated a program to reduce electricity use at public-facility locations in New York City in response to anticipated higher energy demand.   

Today is the fourth consecutive day that NYPA has activated the reliability program this week, and ties the program record for the most consecutive days activated, which was set in August 2001. Including three days last week, the program has been activated a total of seven times this summer.

The Peak Reduction Program, which can be operated for up to 15 days between June 1 and September 1, features voluntary commitments by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the City University of New York to lower electricity use at 20 New York City locations during the highest-demand days of the air-conditioning season to help ensure reliable supplies of electricity. 

Today’s activation coincides with a statewide heat advisory issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday and the activation by the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) of similar demand response programs. The NYISO programs, known as the Special Case Resource Program and the Emergency Demand Response Program, also include the participation of several of NYPA’s large business and governmental customers located across the state.

Through the activation of NYPA’s Peak Load Reduction Program and the NYISO programs, NYPA customers have committed to curtail the use of over 54 megawatts (MW) during the activation events. (One megawatt is enough electricity to meet the power needs of 800 to 1,000 typical homes.)

Participating customers in NYPA’s Peak Load Management programs reduce their electricity demand with conservation measures such as shutting off unnecessary lighting and discretionary equipment, and, in some cases, by operating small, properly permitted backup generators. In return for the power curtailment, NYPA pays participants based on their energy reduction levels.

The Power Authority’s own comprehensive summer preparedness efforts across the state involve appropriate maintenance of its 16 generating facilities, which have a total combined capacity of approximately 5,450 MW, and over 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines, to ensure full strength for meeting the summer’s higher electricity demand. Currently, these facilities are all operating or available for service.

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The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.