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Hot Weather Alert - Electrical Load Shedding Possible on 7/29, 7/30 & 8/4

The University has received a Hot Weather Alert and warning that we may need to decrease our energy usage on 7/29, 7/30, &  8/4.  If we receive an official notice, we will need to work to reduce our electrical usage.

 Here's How it Works

The Curtailment program is designed to help manage demand for electricity – June through September – when temperatures are highest. Direct Energy issues warnings of potential peak periods 2 to 12 hours before actual events.  Then if an event is called, the customers must reduce their use of electricity. The reduction can be achieved by limiting air conditioning, reducing or shifting the operation of other equipment or by using auxiliary on-site electrical generation.

Implementation and Action

Immediately upon being officially notified that electrical load reduction is necessary, the following actions will need to take place on campus:

 Facilities will begin to reduce physical plant mechanical loads (pumps, HVAC, etc.) without compromising the health and safety of personnel, physical plant assets or designated special requirements.

  • Campus Community will inform each other of the need to reduce loads and take individual actions such as:
    • Turning off all non-vital or unused equipment such as: copiers, coffee pots, personal fans, lab equipment, radios and so forth
    • If printers, monitors and computers are not being used during this period, please shut them off
    • Turn off all lights in unoccupied rooms and reduce lighting where possible
    • Close window blinds or shades
    • Keep windows closed to keep buildings as cool as possible (Opening the windows will allow heat & humidity into the building and increase the length of time for the building to cool once the air conditioning resumes).

These efforts will significantly improve our ability to successfully reach the desired electrical load shedding.  Should we receive official notice that electrical load shedding is necessary, we will notify the campus community as soon as possible.  Please contact Charlie Cary, Executive Director of Facilities, at charles.cary@wilkes.edu with any questions.  Thank you for your cooperation.