CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia plans to conduct another power-reduction exercise.
University officials say the school is scheduled to switch some of its operations to generators for one hour on Thursday in an effort to reduce demand by 10 megawatts, or 18 percent of its electric use. U.Va. is asking its employees to cut their electrical use at work as much as possible between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The exercise is part of the school's participation in the state Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy's demand response program. It's a practice run for energy reduction, so that in case of an energy emergency, U.Va. will be ready to reduce its consumption from electric utilities.
Similar exercises reduced consumption by 6 megawatts last year and by about 3 megawatts in 2010.
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