"Powering down" effort a success
"We passed with flying colors," said Doug Hammerle, director of energy systems for Miami. Hammerle estimates that the campus conservation efforts saved 2.5 megawatts of electricity, or up to a 15 percent reduction from our normal load.
The ability to reduce use on demand positions Miami as ready to contribute in the case of a regional electrical emergency, potentially helping the region avoid rolling blackouts or brownouts. It also sets Miami on a pace to save $250,000 on its electric bill.
"Thanks to all who turned off or unplugged unneeded electrical appliances and lights," said Hammerle. "It was a team effort."