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Demand Response Program a Win-Win for USciences
Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013
Contact:  Brian Kirschner
Contact Email:  b.kirschner@usciences.edu
Contact Phone:  215-895-1186
 
University of the Sciences has joined an exciting initiative called Demand Response that is not only beneficial to the environment, but provides a financial incentive to the University. The Demand Response program will curtail energy consumption on campus during peak demand times in a planned manner.
 
The program runs from June 1 through September 30 and is activated only during peak demand times, i.e. excessive 100-degree days. Called events are meant to lighten the load on the power grid. When an event is called by the power company, lighting and electricity in targeted buildings are not affected.
 
By participating in the Demand Response program, we are being a good neighbor by conserving energy so that our surrounding community will not be affected. It also goes without saying that the less energy produced to fill a need, the better it is for the environment.
 
If a called event does hurt operations or conflicts with a major event on campus, the University will add those needed buildings back to full power. Devices installed in the facilities offices will allow USciences to monitor individual building usage before, during, and after called events. In the last seven years, there have been only eight events that have been called by the power company. 
 
The University joins good company in the Demand Response program. Villanova University and Philadelphia University along with University City partners, The University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University are all participants.
 
Quick Facts:
  • Eight called events in the last seven years
  • Events can only be called between noon and 8 p.m. on non-holiday, week days
  • The University will receive two hours notification before an event
  • Any single event will be capped at six hours
  • USciences has the option not to participate if there is a major event on campus
  • Only 10 events can be called in a single year

Affected Buildings (in order of scheduled impact):
  1. Alumni Hall –Room 10 and Public Safety Dispatch not affected
  2. ARC – Total HVAC shutdown 
  3. Annex/East – Total HVAC shutdown
  4. Kline Hall – Total HVAC shutdown
  5. Library – Temperature raised to 75 degrees
  6. McNeil STC – 50% HVAC shutdown (one unit will keep the building comfortable)
  7. Rosenberger Hall – Total HVAC shutdown
  8. 4140 Woodland Ave. – Total HVAC shutdown with exception to Starbucks/Barnes & Noble Bookstore
  9. Wilson Hall – Dining area 50% capability; dorms stay on if needed
 
Any questions about this program, please contact the Facilities Services Department at 215-596-8955.
 
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