ON BEHALF OF THE FACILITIES DEPT.: Energy Curtailment Alert for Monday, August 29
August 26, 2016|Submitted by: Today@wilkes
Wilkes participates in Direct Energy’s curtailment program which helps to manage the
demand for electricity during peak periods when temperatures are highest. Monday,
August 29, has been identified as a possible peak period day. Wilkes receives incentives
for reducing energy use during the peak periods. During FY16 the University received
over $82,000 in rebates from this program.
Here's How it WorksDirect Energy issues warnings of potential peak periods 2 to 12 hours before actual
events. 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.
Here’s What To Do If A Reduction is RequestedImmediately upon being officially notified that electrical load reduction is necessary,
the following actions 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 need to reduce loads and take individuals 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 (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
These efforts will significantly improve our ability to successfully reach the desired
electrical load shedding.