Long Island calls conservation effort ‘critical’

By the OGJ Online Staff

HOUSTON, Aug. 8, 2001 – With just a projected 150-250 Mw to spare Wednesday, the Long Island Power Authority said it called on customers with voluntary interruptible power contracts to shed load and declared a ‘critical’ conservation day.

LIPA executives also were scheduled to hold a morning press to explain how it planned to weather the heat storm that has gripped the Northeast for a week. The island has limited import capability, while demand is nearing maximum available supply.

Capacity totals 4,750 Mw from all sources, while peak demand is forecasted to reach 4,500-4,600 Mw, LIPA said. Activating its interruptible load program will save about 80 Mw. LIPA set a summer 2001 peak record for aggregate power delivery Tuesday, delivering 4,620 Mw of electricity during the peak hour ending at 5 p.m.

LIPA had just 160 Mw in reserve between firm supply and aggregate customer demand. The previous aggregate record of 4,614 Mw was set July 25.

“As we enter the third day of an extended heat wave, it’s imperative that LIPA’s customers conserve as much electricity as possible today,” said LIPA Chairman Richard Kessel. “A new record for electricity demand may be set today, which could stretch our available supply and our electric system to its limits.”

Emergency management officials in New York City and Nassau and Suffolk counties have been notified of LIPA’s electric supply situation, and steps being taken to reduce energy consumption, it said.

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