Participate in Energy Watch test, Wed. Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m.
ANCHORAGE-KENAI-MAT-SU- Southcentral Alaska residents are being asked to voluntarily reduce their energy consumption for two hours on the evening of Wed., Oct. 19.
The test is being coordinated by the Municipality of Anchorage, with cooperation from
Chugach Electric Association, Municipal Light & Power, Matanuska Electric Association, Homer Electric Association, ENSTAR, and the Matanuska-Susitna and Kenai Peninsula
Boroughs. The entities have worked together this fall on Energy Watch, a campaign designed
to call attention to the possibility of a natural gas delivery problem.
Residents of the Mat-Su Borough, the Municipality of Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula
Borough are being asked to participate in the voluntary test.
Between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Oct. 19, residents are being asked to reduce their
energy consumption to the yellow level of the Energy Watch Chart. The steps
include lowering the thermostat to 65 degrees; shutting off unnecessary lights and electronics;
setting the water heater to “warm” or “vacation”; postponing washing dishes and doing
laundry; and reducing natural gas range use.
Commercial customers have been encouraged to develop their own two-step plans to mirror
the suggestions at the “yellow” and “red” stages of the Energy Watch chart. The two-hour
exercise window provides an opportunity for them to implement the first stage of their
The goal of the conservation test is to see what kind of effect voluntary actions might have on
overall energy consumption. In the event of a real energy deliverability problem, one of the
first steps will be to ask residents to take voluntary steps similar to ones being proposed for
the Oct. 19 test.
The utilities and agencies involved in the Energy Watch campaign have continually stressed
that a natural gas delivery problem this winter is not likely. However, in case it does happen, it
is prudent to have a plan in place.
Posted: October 19, 2011