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Electric Reliability Council of Texas says to reduce electricity usage in peak hours


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(July 18, 2011)--The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), operator of the state's bulk transmission grid, asks everyone to reduce electricity use during peak hours from 3 to 7 p.m. UTSA is doing its part by saving 2.5 megawatts (MW) per day by using a natural gas generator and by raising thermostats two degrees across the Tri-Campus community.

The appeal to reduce electricity use comes with the extreme heat and rising demand for electricity for air conditioning. A new record for peak electricity demand in July was set Thursday, July 14 with 64,226 MW.

According to Kent Saathoff, vice president of grid operations and system planning, "We are expecting the statewide power supplies to be very tight over peak today, primarily due to the forecast for continued temperature extremes which causes higher-than-normal electricity use and because of unexpected unit outages."

Other conservation tips from ERCOT include:

  • Turn off unnecessary lights.
  • Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers more than necessary.
  • When away from home, turn off fans and set air conditioning thermostats to 85 degrees.
  • Refrain from using your dishwasher, laundry equipment, coffee makers, hair dryers or other electrical home appliances during the peak hours of 3-7 p.m.

For more energy conservation tips, visit the UTSA Facilities website.

For information about power outages at homes or business and rotating outage procedures for their areas, consumers can contact their utility company.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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