Powering down succeeded: Miami reduces electric load

Power downMiami's physical facilities department thanks the Oxford campus for reducing electric use during a test period, noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4.

"We achieved our goal for reducing our electric load," said Doug Hammerle, director of energy systems for Miami.

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. If there are no emergency events between now and the end of September, Miami will receive more than $300,000 reduction on its electric bill.

"Thanks to all who turned off or unplugged unneeded electrical appliances and lights," said Hammerle. "It was a team effort."