Posted by Jeff Id on August 27, 2010
More leftist insanity today. I’m sorry but that’s what the world does so thats what we get. The NYT which cannot go out of business fast enough at this point, is advertising THE BENEFITS of VOULUNTARY brownouts.
Electricity use is up sharply this summer, but in a windowless room near Albany that is the nerve center of New York State’s grid, controllers have noticed that something else is not rising: peak load.
How about that fantastic thing.
“You get called a day ahead, and all hell breaks loose when they call,” said Leo Cutone of Cutone & Company Consultants, which recruits buildings and institutions to participate. Common steps are adjusting air-conditioning thermostats, turning off some elevators, switching off lobby lights or starting up emergency generators.
Less elevators, emergency generators!! come on, it’s insane.
“If it’s nice and sunny enough, then the lobby is bright enough without artificial lighting,” said Lewis Kwit of Energy Investment Systems, a company that serves as a “demand response service provider.”
Mr. Kwit has lined up about 10 apartment buildings where superintendents will close the laundry room and post signs asking tenants to delay using their dishwashers until the early morning. “You can save 20 to 30 percent,” he said.
Can’t do laundry or dishes!! Life is too short, I like to be comfortable and clean. All this to make money for the power companies, which are friggin’ monopolies anyway. We don’t get to choose price or provider but now we must suffer less power because they are instructed to maximize profit by providing too little electricity.
NOT SANE IDIOTS!! Not even close.
Edison to the customer: Can you afford the kWh
Unwitting customer: um yes
Edison: well we make more money by limiting peak supply so tough apples.
Companies that recruit buildings or property owners to participate are paid by the New York Independent System Operator or by the local utility. The prices have been running $12 to $13 per kilowatt of reduction.
Alfonse Amore, the senior vice president at Trinity Real Estate, a property management company, said it enrolled 13 office buildings in the program this summer. Building personnel go from door to door asking tenants to turn off nonessential equipment.
I don’t have any “non-essential” equipment running in my home or business. Who the heck does?! Al Gore?!
And exactly the point I made at Bart Verheggens blog.
For energy companies, demand-side management may help them avoid building power plants that would be needed only a few hours a year or transmission and distribution lines that would seldom be used to capacity. Trimming the peak load by a few percentage points means getting more use out of existing equipment.
It’s about money, for the big company with the lobbiest. No choice for the tenants but to move. They are heading into wide spread brownouts and the ignorant liberal voters think they want it.
In a place like New York, where getting permission to build a plant or power line is extremely difficult, energy experts say the strategy is especially valuable. And its effects are obvious at Consolidated Edison, said Joseph Oates, vice president of energy management.
I can’t wait to see how this turns out, oh yeah, I’ve been to China.
h/t reader and brownout supporter Sidd of Bart’s otherwise fine blog My View linked on the right.