Due to forecasted high temperatures again across the PJM region, BMU has received a notification to reduce local electric loads today from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Thursday, June 16, 2022) to avoid additional capacity charges from the PJM Interconnection regional transmission operator and also transmission costs from American Electric Power (AEP).
We respectfully request your voluntary assistance in reducing peak electric demands from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. If you have processes that can be interrupted, operated at reduced levels for a few hours, or scheduled to a different time without creating major business disruptions, it will help make a difference. If you can simply turn off any unnecessary lights, air compressors, computers, or other electrically-powered equipment, or set cooling thermostats to the highest comfortable temperature, it will also help. Collectively, even small efforts can make an impact.
BMU plans to operate the Bryan Power Plant generating units, Bryan Solar Field, and Auglaize Hydroelectric Plant during these peak demand periods. We will also interrupt operation of the Water Department well pumps and water treatment plant and rely on the City’s two water towers to maintain system pressure. At the utility office, we will turn off unnecessary lights and electrically-powered equipment and set cooling thermostats to the highest comfortable temperature.
BMU will also be posting notices on the BMU Facebook page asking our electric customers to voluntarily conserve energy during the peak demand periods.