2017-2018 Holiday Curtailment

Heating and ventilation will be curtailed on the Berkeley campus from the end of the business day Fri., Dec. 22, 2017 through Mon., Jan. 1, 2018. During the entire curtailment period, faculty and staff are encouraged to plan to be away from campus. This reduction in energy and steam use during the winter break are anticipated to result in a cost savings to the campus of more than $100,000.

Buildings scheduled for energy curtailment are located on Facilities Services website https://facilities.berkeley.edu. Only heat and ventilation will be curtailed; normal electric service will be maintained at all times. Heads of units with temperature-sensitive facilities, essential research, and public service operations currently scheduled for curtailment may request an exemption by completing the Request for Exemption form, which can be downloaded from the webpage above. This form must be submitted no later than Friday, December 8, 2017.

Requests for exemption will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. controlled temperature required for research area or other specific area;
  2. operating chemical fume hoods;
  3. essential safety, security, or accounting operations;
  4. retail business;
  5. theater and sports events scheduled and contracted prior to the date of this announcement;
  6. essential medical facility; and
  7. monitoring system needs.

Labs and research buildings are encouraged to participate in energy curtailment. Please contact Bruce Chamberlain in the Energy Office at energyoffice (at) berkeley.edu to discuss options. Units interested in curtailing energy for a longer period of time are also welcome to contact the Energy Office to find out how.

Any technical questions regarding the curtailment should be directed to the Energy Office at the email address above. Policy or contract questions concerning curtailment should be directed to your Employee Relations Specialist.


Sally McGarrahan

Associate Vice Chancellor, Facilities Services