Gallaudet has partnered with its electrical supplier, Hess Energy Services, and signed on to the ‘Load Demand Response' program, which requires the campus to commit to reducing electrical usage during times of peak demand when local power grids are under significant stress.
The Hess ‘Demand Response' program complements the University's efforts by enabling it to reduce energy when the grid is under stress, while assisting overhead costs through additional revenue the program provides. Not only does this save money, but it responsibly reduces the impact the campus community has on the environment and provides a value added service to the local community by helping to assure that local homes and businesses have adequate electrical power, avoiding brown outs or complete electrical power outages.
Demand Response runs June to September and may involve one to 10 interruptions per season. Historical average has been one event per year over the last five years. Interruption duration may be up to six hours (The average over the last five years has been 2.48 hours) and events may take place between noon and 8 p.m. weekdays.
How can you be a part of the Load Demand Response program? The University relies on faculty, students, and staff to make the program successful. The campus will be notified via the Emergency Broadcast Announcement and cable TV system, which will say, for example: "There is an electrical load curtailment event in effect between the hours of 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Please turn off all unnecessary electrical lights, office equipment, and appliances."
When the message is received, please follow the instructions. Anything that can be turned off will help.
Together, the campus can make a difference by saving money on utility costs while being a good neighbor to the local community.