June 19, 2014 | Campus Sustainability News
CUNY’s participation in the peak load management (PLM) program, operated by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), netted colleges some $350,000 in payments in the summer of 2013, more than any previous year. Soaring temperatures last summer saw a record eight peak load days called by the NYPA. This program rewards colleges financially for temporarily powering down large mechanical equipment, lighting, elevators and appliances to reduce demand constraints on the regional electricity grid. All but two CUNY colleges participate in the program in 2013, with all of the CUNY colleges participating in 2014. The NYPA program is designed to avoid blackouts or brownouts on very hot summer days, when overall demand on the grid peaks due to large scale cooling needs across the state.