Energy Alert Advisory – Take Action to Conserve Energy
June 29, 2021 2:19 PM

Facilities & Services (F&S) is designating June 29, 30, and July 1, an Energy Alert period for the Urbana campus. The transmission operator, who monitors the load on the regional grid, has indicated that a combination of extreme weather and current resource availability may require producers and consumers to take proactive measures that manage the demand on the regional electric grid. F&S’ Utilities & Energy Services division is continuing to monitor conditions. If further action is needed, an additional notice will request individuals, departments, colleges, institutes, and units to reduce energy usage to the greatest extent possible in university facilities.

Why is taking action during an Energy Alert important to the university?
Abbott Power Plant generates approximately half the campus’ electricity through an efficient cogeneration process, which simultaneously produces both steam and electricity. The remainder of the power needed to support teaching and research activities is purchased from the regional grid. Reducing energy consumption during this period lowers the capacity charge assessed to campus for the coming year.

What can you do to help?
Should Energy Alert conditions persist, you can help Beat the Peak by taking action during the lingering hot and humid conditions, especially between noon and 10 p.m. or when leaving facilities for the day or the weekend.

If practical, shut off, shut down, sleep mode, or unplug the following:

  • Lights
  • Computers
  • Monitors
  • Printers
  • Chargers
  • Appliances
  • Window AC units in unused spaces
  • Other nonessential equipment

Close the following items to help further protect facility equipment and systems:    

  • Outside windows and doors in air-conditioned areas
  • Window shades to block the sun
  • Fume hood sashes when not in use

For temperature-related questions regarding specific rooms and building spaces, please contact the F&S Energy Management Control Center at, 217-244-3783.

Conserving energy is everyone’s responsibility at the university. Thank you for remaining energy-aware.


Dr. Ehab Kamarah
Interim Executive Director, Facilities & Services

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