YMCA to shut power off for a period of time tomorrow

The YMCA will shut off power from 2:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow as part of the Energy Demand Response Program. Below is a press release regarding tomorrow’s scheduled power off:

As part of the Energy Demand Response Program the Y is enrolled in with EnerNOC to reduce the impact of a potential national electrical grid emergency.

A TEST OF OUR CAPACITY TO CUT THE Y’S ENERGY CONSUMPTION WILL BE CONDUCTED TOMORROW, THURSDAY, AUGUST 21ST FROM 2:15 TO 4:00 PM

During this 105 minute test period, ALL mechanical and electrical systems at the Y will be shut off (excluding phones, computers & safety systems), and ALL Y Indoor Program facilities will be temporarily closed.

All rooms that do not offer direct access to windows or doors for natural light, air or exits will also be temporarily closed during testing, including all downstairs facilities: the track, pool, locker rooms, art studio, and health center while we monitor the test.

All camp activities will be held outdoors during this period.

During the testing period members can enjoy free cool refreshments from the Y on the patio.

There will also be an opportunity for you to engage in an outdoor Yoga class led by Debbie, which will also be free to guests. Class begins at 2pm. Please bring your own mats.

The test will measure our reduction capacity to determine the reimbursement level for the year based on KW savings. Last year we were able to reduce our consumption by 100% of our 285KW capacity. If we achieve the same reduction this year, we will earn our Y an incentive payment of $9,000.

Three years ago, the North Suburban YMCA stepped forward as a socially responsible company to become “part of the solution” to the perpetually high usage of energy that challenges our society. With power companies struggling to manage the demand for electricity on the national power grid, many companies such as the Y have stepped forward to assist in the event of grid emergencies such as have been seen in the past in California and New Jersey. Though we have not experienced a grid emergency in our own community, power companies are taking preventative measures and are seeking socially responsible companies that are willing to act as a type of “insurance policy” for the community at large in the event of such disaster which would require small sacrifice for the greater good of keeping basic functions running.

The North Suburban YMCA is proud to be one of these socially responsible companies who have agreed to step up to reduce the impact of a true grid emergency, and in exchange for our commitment to help, the Y receives a monetary incentive based on the amount of kilowatt hours we are able to save out of our 285KW capacity. If no grid emergency emerges during the year, companies our required to perform a test that lasts one hour and forty-five minutes (1:45) during which our capacity reduction is measured to determine the reimbursement level for the year based on KW savings. In 2013, the last time we participated, the Y was able to reduce its energy consumption for the duration of the test by 100% and received an incentive payment based upon those amazing results. The Y has once again enrolled in the Energy Demand Response Program with EnerNOC this year.

 

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