Demand Response Program

PJM Demand Response Program

Demand Response Season:  June 1 – September 30

What is Demand Response?

The Demand Response program is a way you can help the University save money during the hot summer months. PJM provides a reasonable financial incentive for the University of Dayton to participate in this program. Between June 1 and September 30, you may be asked to reduce your electrical usage during peak-demand times (2:00 PM – 6:00 PM).  Demand Response strategies are designed to reduce this electrical usage in all buildings that are listed on the Buildings & Demand Response page (critical labs in operation will not be asked to participate or shut down any equipment that may disrupt research). 

When does the University of Dayton use Demand Response?

To accomplish our goal we will be asked to reduce the use of electricity for up to six hours at a time to help PJM manage the peak electrical load on very hot summer days. Generally, the conditions for demand response are extremely hot weather, usually 90° or higher and humidity in the 80% range. The agreement allows that we may be called to curtail up to 16 times between June 1 and September 30.  The university will experience at least one demand response event annually. Each year PJM conducts a one hour test around the third week of June to make sure all those that are signed up to participate can accomplish their goal of energy reduction. This one hour test may be the only participation required of the university by PJM, unless they need to reduce load on the electric grid during a peak demand period as described before. 

How will I know if there is a curtailment?

When The University of Dayton is called upon by PJM to participate in a peak demand response event, PJM will notify the University as soon as possible, but this may be as little as two hours.  All of Facilities Management staff will be notified via email. There will also be an alert sent out via the University’s emergency response system to everyone on campus as soon as PJM notifies us. This notification process will also occur when the annual test will take place (June 20, 2013). In this case an advanced notice will go out a day or two before as well as a two hour notice. 


Steve Kendig
Executive Director Energy Utilization and Environmental Sustainability
(937) 229-3769

Facilities Management

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2904