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University to participate in electricity-reduction test July 23

Facilities Services will conduct a test 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 Monday, July 23, from noon to 1 p.m.

During the test event, Facilities Services requests members of the university community reduce 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 (cell phones, laptops, iPads, etc.); and
  • Powering down computers, copiers and other electronic devices during lunch and shutting off power strips.

During this test, Facilities Services will operate select emergency generators to reduce load on the grid. No changes will be made to normal ventilation in laboratory buildings.

With questions, call 216.368.2580.