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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

•Hancher Auditorium

•Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

•Hydraulics Laboratory

•John Pappajohn Business Building

•Levitt Center for University Advancement

•Library, Main

•Lindquist Center, North and South

•MacLean Hall

•Nursing Building

•Old Capitol

•Phillips Hall

•Schaeffer Hall

•Theatre Building

•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 non-essential equipment.

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: