Campus: CSU, Stanislaus -- July 19, 2001
University Inks Energy-Savings Agreement With TID
California State University, Stanislaus will cut its electrical power
usage during the state's critical power emergencies in exchange for an
agreement with the Turlock Irrigation District that significantly reduces
the threat of rolling blackouts on the Turlock campus.
The University and TID signed the agreement recently that calls on CSU
Stanislaus to cut its power usage by 10 to 20 percent when the state experiences
a Stage III power alert. As an incentive for one of its largest electrical
customers, TID will skip the University when it is forced to conduct rotating
blackouts as a result of generation reductions on the statewide network.
The agreement extends through December 2002.
"We are pleased to have this agreement with TID as part of our continuing
commitment to help conserve energy," said Mary Stephens, CSU Stanislaus
Vice President for Business and Finance. "Considering the potential
serious impact of power disruptions on our campus, the University felt
it was necessary to take measures for added protection. This agreement
enables us to greatly reduce that problem while realizing substantial
To reduce power usage during Stage III electrical emergencies as well
as realize a savings on its power bill, the University plans to raise
temperature levels in buildings by making adjustments on its centralized
computer-controlled air conditioning systems. CSU Stanislaus employees
will also be asked to shut off unnecessary lights, appliances, and computers.
The University has already taken a pro-active approach to trimming its
power usage through August. In June, the University switched its office
hours to 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to
11:30 a.m. Fridays to enable the campus to significantly cut back power
usage during the high peak usage hours on Friday afternoons.
In addition, a number of conservation measures have been instituted over
the past several years. Despite steady enrollment growth and the addition
of new buildings over the past few years, CSU Stanislaus' electrical and
natural gas consumption has remained fairly steady as the result of efficiency
measures. These measures include modernized central boiler and chiller
facilities, energy-efficient indoor lighting, a centralized energy management
system, variable speed drives, and high efficiency motors. The University
also entered into a long-term power contract with the Turlock Irrigation
District in July 2000 that produced a 5% savings on electrical bills.
"The TID has always had a good working relationship with CSU Stanislaus
and this program is no exception," said Chris Kiriakou, Assistant
General Manager of Energy Resources. "Even though the TID has enough
power supply for our customers, we are all working together to minimize
the number of blackouts in our community and help the state with the ongoing
energy crisis. We appreciate CSU Stanislaus' willingness to work with
the TID in this time of crisis and readjusting their load to help out
The new agreement with TID does not include blackouts during extreme statewide
generation shortages or power outages caused by system failures.