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Release: Aug. 31, 2000
UI imposes 2-8 p.m. Aug. 31 energy curtailment to deal
with heat wave
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will impose
a heat-related electric power curtailment from 2-8 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug.
31. Because the curtailment will involve the reduction or shutdown of cooling
equipment in some buildings, including some containing major classrooms, Lola
Lopes, associate provost for undergraduate education, said that individual
instructors should make decisions about whether the heat is such that classes
need to be dismissed.
Buildings where research is conducted are exempt.
The UI buildings affected are:
Biological Sciences Library
Boyd Law Building
English Philosophy Building
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
John Pappajohn Business Building
Levitt Center for University Advancement
Lindquist Center, North and South
University Services Building
Van Allen Hall
Voxman Music Building
John Amend, director of the UI Facilities Services
Group, asks that the campus community participate by turning off any unnecessary
electrical load. For example, lights in empty rooms, coffee pots, or window
air conditioners. He added that opening building windows tends to make matters
worse, and said that people in buildings other than those directly affected
by the energy curtailment also can help by turning off appliances and other
Amend said that information about additional energy
curtailments, if they are to take place, should be known before the close
of business today.
University of Iowa officials said that the energy
curtailment is made necessary by an agreement with MidAmerican Energy. Although
the UI generates electricity at its power plant, it also contracts with MidAmerican
Energy to provide additional electricity to campus. The contract with MidAmerican
involves participation in their Electrical Curtailment program, which means
limiting electrical usage for a maximum of six hours during peak usage periods
when requested by MidAmerican. The agreement provides a financial benefit
to the university through lower electrical rates, while MidAmerican benefits
by not having to construct new power generation facilities and by avoiding
the purchase of expensive power from other suppliers.
For more information about the University's curtailment
program please visit the UI website at: www.uiowa.edu/~fusfsg/utils/curtailment.htm.