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Georgetown Utility Systems Presents Check to Southwestern University

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Payment Awarded for Participation in ERCOT’s Demand Response Program

On Wednesday, August 30, Georgetown Utility System presented a check for $3,011.17 to Southwestern University for its involvement in a grid reliability wholesale demand response program. Chris Fusco, Customer Service Supervisor and Key Account Liaison at Georgetown Utility Systems, presented the check to Southwestern representatives Shorty Schwartz, Senior Manager of Facilities Operations, Hershell Biffle, Supervisor of Central Plant, and Craig Erwin, Vice President for Finance and Administration. Multiple Georgetown Utility Systems representatives were also on hand for the presentation on the Southwestern campus.

The Demand Response Program began at Southwestern in April 2016. As part of the program, Southwestern agrees to adjust a portion of its electric load and provide 200 kilowatt hours (KWH) to Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) in time of need. In return for SU’s commitment, the university receives a financial incentive.

ERCOT manages the flow of electric power to 24 million Texas customers, which represents approximately 90 percent of the state’s electric load. Schwartz and Biffle led the green initiative at Southwestern, researching the feasibility, advantages and potential risks with committing to the program. After careful consideration, they concluded it was a great fit for the University and positively aligns with SU’s commitment to the environment.

Schwartz explains, “The Demand Response program really is a win-win for all of us. Not only do we have the opportunity to support others in times of need, but we’ll use the payments to fund future green initiatives on campus such as energy efficient lighting projects.”

Southwestern University continually strives to make improvements and positive contributions that lessen our environmental impact. For additional information on the Demand Response Program at SU, contact Shorty Schwartz at 512.863.1991 or