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Demand Response Program

PJM Demand Response Program

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. During warmer months 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 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. A campus-wide email will be sent at least two days prior to the demand response test alerting campus users of the day, time, and tips for reducing electricity usage during the test. 

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 event, PJM will notify the University as soon as possible, but this may be as little as two hours.  A campus-wide email will be sent with time and day of peak load, buildings impacted, and ways to support decreased energy usage. 


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

Facilities Management

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2904