University of California, San Diego
June 6, 2003
SUBJECT: Campus Energy Update
As we head into the summer months, the Physical Plant Services department wants to recognize and thank the campus community for its voluntary conservation efforts. The campus decreased energy use by approximate 2% during the March/April/May time period when compared to previous years. We achieved this reduction while experiencing increased construction demands and the addition of new buildings.
Recently, students and staff at Thurgood Marshall College voluntarily participated in a month-long energy conservation and recycling competition. These dedicated efforts create and reinforce positive behaviors that support long-term commitment to conserving our natural resources. Although purchased utilities remain costly, recent efforts demonstrate that we can make a difference. Campus electrical costs average approximately $35,000 per day. Your assistance in reducing unnecessary electrical consumption can positively impact current budgetary conditions in addition to conserving natural resources.
Last week, the California Independent System Operator (ISO, state-wide electrical grid manager) issued Stage 1 alerts and warnings marking the beginning of a summer season filled with energy supply and demand challenges. Our efforts to cut purchased utility costs are best accomplished by resuming the automatic, load-shedding program which reduces comfort-cooling loads on campus. Allowing the cogeneration system to satisfy 100% of the main campus energy demand during peak hours reduces our dependence on the state electrical grid and subsequent imported electricity costs. The load-shedding program is effective immediately for the 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. peak period. Your cooperation is appreciated.
If critical areas are negatively impacted by the load-shedding program, immediately contact the Service Referral Desk at X42930. Please direct all other comments and suggestions to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.