On Thursday, June 22, between 12:30 and 2 p.m., Facilities Management and Campus Services will be performing the annual curtailment of electrical power on the DeKalb Campus. The Heating Plant will shut down some equipment to reduce our electrical load. This load shed includes heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, supply and return fans, hot water heat and chilled water pumps, chillers and direct expansion (DX) air conditioners throughout our main campus. We will begin shutting down equipment at 12:30 p.m. in order to drop our electrical usage below a target threshold by 1 p.m. For NIU to qualify for our Demand/Response Program, we will have to stay below that threshold until 2 p.m. Years of experience with this has shown that most people do not notice effects of this event.
During this curtailment, lighting, electrical power (receptacles, PCs), Anthropology Museum, the Engineering Building clean rooms and spaces served by air handling units (AHUs) six through 14, cooling equipment for computer server hubs (Swen Parson, Monsanto, Telecom/Security) and essential HVAC equipment (such as Animal Colonies, fume hoods or exhaust fans) will not be affected.
Facilities Management and Campus Services continues its endeavors to reduce utility costs and improve efficiency. Through this annual volunteer curtailment program, NIU receives several hundred thousand dollars every year for its participation, which in turn lowers the campus utility costs. Everyone can contribute to lowering NIU’s utility costs by performing simple energy conservation efforts when possible. Turning off lights and equipment, setting back thermostats, keeping doors closed in conditioned or heated spaces, can add up to significant savings when this is multiplied by the thousands of people on campus.