Earlier this year, NOVA, as part of the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) electric grid, participated in Virginia’s Demand-Response Program for the first time. 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.
NOVA receives financial compensation as a program participant and additional money if the College meets or exceeds predetermined targets.
This year’s test event was on June 22, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. With fantastic support by the campuses and provost offices to alert the College that the event was coming up, NOVA was well prepared to respond to the test event notification.
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 percent curtailment based on our overall targets (see usage graphic). It was also a great educational opportunity to explain more about NOVA’s energy program to the College.
More information about the Demand-Response Program, NOVA’s results, and on-going and future energy-efficiency efforts is available at online.
Stay tuned for future information about steps NOVA is taking to save energy!