Unfortunately the City is doing all it can but the real solutions are to be found in Albany at the Public Service Commission, (PSC) the NYS Independent Sytem Operators, (ISO), and most particularly the New York State Research & Development Authority, (NYSERDA).
NYSERDA does not really understand New York City's needs and ignores potential solutions while indulging and generously funding every Upstate manure or air project that comes their way and the nilly-willy installation of interval (smart) meters not used for their intended purpose and yet they mostly ignore the City in their distribution of the funds collected from ConEdison's New York City customers through the System Benefit Charge, which exceed over 50% of the total amounts collected.
The Cooperative Coalition to Prevent Blackouts, (CCPB) have made tested recommendation to NYSERDA and the PSC regarding Real TIme Pricing and the deployment of technology readily available and the City's Energy Office have requested such programs, both being ignored by NYSERDA.
There are only 4 buildings in the State under Real Time Pricing using ConEdison's Rider M Tariff and all 4 are CCPB members. To become really effective the Rider M rate structure must be restructured for as it stands today invalidates the RTP potential benefits and no other cooperative or condominium will volunteer to participate under the current Rider M structure and rental apartment buildings are prohibited from participating. Furthermore incentives and tax abatements are needed to induce more co-ops and condo's to participate and rental apartment buildings should be permitted to fully participate as well.
So don't blame Mayor Mike! This warning from OEM is about the City can do at this juncture.
Put the pressure where it belongs, ALBANY. - JRM
Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2006 17:48:21 -0400 (EDT)
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Subject: OEM URGES CITY RESIDENTS TO CONSERVE POWER
New York City
Office of Emergency Management
July 26, 2006
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OEM URGES CITY RESIDENTS TO CONSERVE POWER
In anticipation of rising temperatures for the end of the week, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) urges City customers to conserve energy to relieve stress on power lines.
Power outages are common during periods of high heat. It is important to conserve as much energy as possible to avoid brownouts and other electrical disruptions.
Set your air conditioner thermostat no lower than 78 degrees — a 75-degree setting uses 18 percent more electricity and a 72-degree setting uses 39 percent more electricity. This setting allows for sufficient cooling while still conserving electric power.
*Only use an air conditioner when you are home. If you want to cool your room down before you arrive home, set a timer to have it switch on no more than one-half hour before you arrive.
*Turn off all nonessential appliances.
*Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.
*Only use appliances that have heavy electrical loads (dishwashers, washers, dryers) early in the morning or very late at night.
While diminishing your power usage may seem like an inconvenience, your cooperation will help to ensure that utilities can continue to provide uninterrupted electrical service.
If you have any service disruptions to your power, contact Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED (752-6633).
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If you experience a power outage, contact Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED (752-6633).
With higher temperatures expected for Thursday and Friday, OEM reminds residents to conserve power.
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