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Energy Curtailment Alert

Wilkes participates in Direct Energy’s curtailment program which helps to manage the demand for electricity during peak periods when temperatures are highest. Thursday, July 14 and Friday, July 15 have been identified as possible peak period days. 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 Works
Direct 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 Requested
Immediately 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 resumes.)
These efforts will significantly improve our ability to successfully reach the desired electrical load shedding.