CONTACT: CHARLES S. DRUM
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0048; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: July 31, 2002
UI announces energy-saving curtailment today
The University of Iowa has announced an energy curtailment today, beginning
at 2 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. The curtailment, called for by MidAmerican
Energy Corporation, will affect most buildings on campus.
The UI generates some electrical energy at its own power plant and has a
contract with MidAmerican to provide additional electricity to the campus.
Part of this contract includes participation in MidAmerican's electrical curtailment
program, which limits electrical usage during peak periods. Curtailment --
meaning reduction of electrical power for up to six hours -- can be requested
by MidAmerican between June 1 and Sept. 30. The program benefits the university
through lower utility costs. Curtailments have previously occurred during
the extremely hot afternoons and early evenings of summer.
A number of strategies will be used to reduce power use in most buildings
on campus, UI officials say, including increasing air temperatures, cycling
air conditioning systems on and off or even turning them off completely during
the curtailment, shutting down ventilation systems, and/or turning off non-essential
lighting. In the few buildings where these strategies will not work, either
because of their special occupancy needs or for technical reasons, departments
will be asked to voluntarily reduce energy use.
For a list of the buildings affected or for more information about the curtailment
program, see the web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~fusfsg/.