County Manager Kelly Kuenstler said the county is participating in the program in an effort to save county taxpayers’ money and to assist in the conservation of energy by more efficiently using energy during the higher demand summer months.
According to a media release, PNM’s Power Saver Program helps optimize the regional power grid by reducing the demand for electricity and at the same time protecting the environment by reducing greenhouse emissions during the hottest summer weekday afternoons.
It works when participants allow PNM to turn off their refrigerated air conditioner unit’s compressor for a few minutes per half-hour from 1-8 p.m. during selected summer months. The time delay feature is designed to help protect the refrigerated air conditioner unit’s compressor from short-cycling as a result of a power outage.
The program earned the county $2,093 in rebate funds for the 2013 peak season.