ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY PROVIDES ENERGY DEMAND RESPONSE TEST AT PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
- Promotes Energy Conservation and supports Federal Program Response for Northeast Power Grid Needs
PITTSBURGH, PA (August 18, 2010) – During the summer season, electricity demand peaks sometimes causing brown outs or black outs. The Allegheny County Airport Authority is voluntarily participating in an energy conservation project called PJM Demand Response program to aid in the reliability of the regional electric grid. PJM Interconnection is a regional transmission organization that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in all or parts of 13 states including Pennsylvania.
As participants in this conservation effort, the ACAA is committed to proactive participation to ensure a stable and reliable energy system in Pennsylvania.
“A team of Airport Authority employees has implemented a plan for voluntarily reducing our electricity use when heavy demand threatens the dependability of the electricity grid,” said Bradley D. Penrod, Executive Director, CEO, Allegheny County Airport Authority. “The goal of the program is to temporarily reduce electric consumption locally during peak energy demand to eliminate blackouts and the associated emergencies related to insufficient power.”
A test program will be implemented Thursday, August 19 from 2:00-3:00 pm. These measures will not have an impact on flights departing or arriving on time. They will have a temporary impact on reducing consumption in three areas: air conditioning and ventilation, general and accent lighting and passenger conveyances such as escalators, moving sidewalks, and airside transit. The Authority is also implementing a customer service plan to ensure impact on passengers and employees is minimal.
In August of 2003, a massive blackout hit the Northeast United States affecting more than 45 million people living in eight states. The culprit of the blackout was an outage in Ohio, which put a greater demand on power stations throughout the Northeast, which caused a domino effect of outages of more than 100 power stations throughout the Northeast.
“If more organizations and companies took part in efforts to respond to power demand emergencies, fewer people and communities would be impacted by a blackout. The Airport Authority is proud to be doing its part,” added Penrod.