Facilities Services to conduct emergency demand response testing

Facilities Services will conduct a test next week of the university’s ability to respond to emergency demand response events.

Case Western Reserve University participates in a voluntary electricity-reduction program to help prevent massive electrical shutdowns, or “blackouts,” across the regional electric grid. The one-hour test will take place Wednesday, Sept. 15, between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

For community members who are on campus, Facilities Services requests assistance in reducing demand by:

  • Turning off lights or window air conditioners in unoccupied spaces,
  • Turning off desk lamps, or turning on desk lamps and turning off overhead lights,
  • Running laptop computers on battery power, and turning off non-essential technology such as external monitors,
  • Unplugging all chargers that are not in use (for example: cell phones, laptops, iPads, etc.),
  • Powering down computers, copiers and other electronic devices during lunch, and shutting off power strips.

There will be a minimal impact on the campus as a whole, as Facilities Services will operate select campus emergency generators in WRB, PBL, BRB and Village at 115th. Central energy management systems may be used to adjust HVAC systems and turn off lighting in public areas. No changes will be made to normal ventilation in laboratory buildings.

Please call customer service at 216.368.2580 with any questions.