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Power Demand Reduction

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The County of San Diego will invest in metering, building controls and energy monitoring systems in all of the larger County buildings. New meters will better enable facility managers to automate demand responses and allow them to pinpoint the causes for unreasonable spikes in energy usage.

What we’re doing:

SDG&E received a study on the possibility of an Automated Demand Response program at the East County Regional Facility. This capability allows the overriding of certain systems during times of peak energy usage. For example, companies can dim the lights on hot summer days, or raise thermostat temperatures remotely to curb power use. Facility managers can receive notice of the power grid reaching capacity by phone, e-mail, or even text message, and can act quickly to alleviate demand. This strategy is cheaper and less harmful to the environment than simply building more power plants for times of increased usage.