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Second Regional Electric System Warning

Posted Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Again today, the regional electric grid in the Mid-Atlantic region is expected to reach peak usage levels, with minimal spare capacity.  With so little margin for failure, any significant interruption within the system will cause blackouts somewhere on the electrical grid, possibly affecting our campus.

As stated yesterday, we recommend that those with equipment that is sensitive to voltage dips and outages be mindful about running the equipment today in case there is a problem with the regional electrical system due to the high loads imposed by the heat.

To the extent it does not affect your work, please minimize unnecessary use of lights, computers, and other power consuming equipment and anything that generates heat or humidity such autoclaves, cage washers, laundry facilities, and equipment that uses chilled water for cooling such as lasers and electron microscopes. This is particularly important between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
 
By avoiding unnecessary use, you can help assure reliable utility service to the campus while reducing our peak energy use and carbon footprint. 

We very much appreciate your cooperation and understanding.