For the second year in a row, on June 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., NOVA will participate in Virginia’s Demand-Response Program and as part of the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) electric grid region.
Demand-response is an energy conservation program designed to reduce the demand for electricity during peak usage times between June 1 and September 30 primarily due to air conditioners. A description of the program and last year’s results for NOVA can be found here.
Last year, by turning off unnecessary electrical items and moderately adjusting temperature settings in buildings across five campuses (those in Dominion Energy territory), NOVA successfully achieved a 93% curtailment based on our overall targets and received approximately $35,000 that will be re-invested in building operations and more efficiency projects. It was also a great educational opportunity to explain more about NOVA’s energy program to the College.
During this period, facilities will adjust building systems to reduce electrical usage. This includes adjusting temperatures to avoid using the air conditioning so, depending on the outdoor air temperature, the building may seem warmer than usual.
Some things you can do to reduce electricity usage during this period:
- Turn off electrical items that you can reasonably do without for this one-hour time period;
- Consider turning off lighting, computers, thermostats that you can adjust, and any plug loads (refrigerators, fans, air filtration and other items);
- Open blinds to let in natural light and reduce lighting needs;
- Hold classes outside or make a field trip day;
- Have meetings outside or off-campus. Example: “Walking meetings” are a great way to get some fresh air and exercise while still achieving your meeting objectives!
With your help, we can make this another successful event!
For more information about the Demand-Response program, NOVA’s results and on-going and future energy-efficiency efforts go to: http://www.nvcc.edu/sustainability/energy.html.