California State University Earns High Marks for Energy Demand Program

(December 15, 2008) – The California State University has been recognized by the state’s Flex Your Power campaign for reducing power use by up to 3 megawatts (MW) during critical demand through the summer of 2008.

CSU campuses shut down or reduced the use of electricity hungry systems during critical energy demand periods called by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) who manages the power grid.

“With California’s power grid stretched to the breaking point every summer, the CSU has stepped up its commitment as part of the solution by flexing our power,” said Len Pettis, CSU chief of plant, energy and utilities. “Through demand response, the CSU has become more energy conscious and lowered its energy usage while generating revenue for reinvestments in energy-efficiency and production programs.”

The CSU’s demand response program, called Clean Green California, is made possible by a partnership with utilities and Energy Network Operations Center (EnerNOC) Inc.

Many campuses track and verify demand response by utilizing EnerNOC’s proprietary software platform PowerTrak™ during  Flex Your Power alerts to see in near-real time the benefits of campus power reductions. In addition, campuses can view their overall energy use during non-alert hours to help manage baseline power use.

“As a leader in the community, charged with educating the workforce of the future, the CSU is proud to be proactive in preserving and promoting a sustainable environment,” said Pettis. “The Clean Green California program helps prevent power blackouts and promotes intelligent use of existing resources.”

To further reduce university energy resource consumption, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the CSU recently announced an agreement to bring 8 MW of renewable solar power generation to 16 CSU locations. After the new panels are installed, CSU campuses and the chancellor’s office will generate more than 13 MW of clean renewable power on-site.


About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 90,000 annually. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California.