Campus utility power interruptions expected May 16-18

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Campus Physical Plant

The campus must test the primary power relay and breaker control systems to comply with PG&E requirements when the new Cogeneration Plant is operating.  The project testing requires planned electrical utility power service interruptions. To minimize disruption, the testing will take place during two testing windows:

Saturday, May 16, 2015 start at 11 p.m. end May 17, 2015 at 7 a.m.

Sunday, May 17, 2015 start at 11 p.m. end May 18, 2015 at 6 a.m. 

Review the following three lists for the status of your building and check with your Building Coordinator for additional information:

A.  Facilities that will experience utility power interruptions.

B.      Facilities with critical emergency and standby power supplied by generators

C.      Facilities that will be unaffected by the utility interruptions.

Planning for the Cogeneration Plant start-up, testing and commissioning started two years ago. The planning included coordination meetings and a series of email notifications to update and inform all campus units.

Why is UCSC doing this project?

Because we own and plan to operate a cogeneration system that provides power in parallel with the PG&E utility, a complex control and protective relaying system is required by PG&E. The new cogeneration system will provide power to critical research equipment and facilities during extended utility outages, and produce heat used by the campus central hot water plant.

Our metering and protective relaying system carefully balances duration/type of service interruptions with risks of damaging our power generation/distribution equipment during a fault condition. The final testing and commissioning of the cogeneration plant will occur later in April for functionality testing and will be witnessed by PG&E to insure coordination with their system.

A.      The following facilities will experience utility power service interruptions:

Saturday, May 16, 2015 start at 11 p.m., end May 17, 2015 at 7 a.m.

Sunday, May 17, 2015 start at 11 p.m.,  end May 18, 2015 at 6 a.m.

Between six and eight service interruptions are expected during each testing window. 

Graduate Student Housing
Antenna Site
ARC Center
Art Complex
Baskin Engineering
Baskin Visual Arts
Biomedical Sciences
Bay Tree Bookstore
Camper Park
Center for Adaptive Optics
Chadwick Garden
Classroom Units
College Eight Academic, Dining, Commons, Dorms, Apartments
College Nine and Ten Dining
College Nine and Academic, Apartments
College Ten and Academic, Apartments
Cowell College, Apartments
Cowell Health Center
Crown College and Apartments
Digital Arts Research Center
Earth and Marine Sciences
East Field House
Engineering 2
Fackler Cogeneration Plant
Farm and Agroecology
Fire Station
Hahn Student Services
Housing Services
Interdisciplinary Sciences
Kerr Hall
Kresge College
McHenry Library
Merrill College and Apartments
Music Facility
Natural Sciences 2
Natural Science Wood Shop
Oakes College/Apartments
P. E. Fitness Center
Physical Sciences Building
Porter / Kresge Apartments
Porter College
Quarry Village (Areas A, B, C, D, E, F)
Redwood Grove Apartments
Sinsheimer Labs
Science Library
Stevenson College
Student Center
Theater Arts
Thimann Labs
University House
West Field House

B.      Facilities with critical emergency and standby power supplied by generators.

Bay Tree Bookstore
Biomedical Sciences
Classroom Units
College 10 (Soc Sci 2)
College 8 Admin/Academic
College 8 Apartments
College 8 Dorms A, B, C, D
College 8 Kitchen
College 9 (Soc Sci 1)
College 9 Apartments
College 9/10 Dining Hall
College 9/10 Dorms-Dorms
Communications Building
Core West Parking Structure
Cowell College
Cowell Infill Apartments
Crown/Merrill Colleges
Crown/Merrill Apts – Lower and Upper
Digital Arts Research Center
Earth & Marine Sciences
Engineering 2

Hahn Student Services
Interdisciplinary Science Building

Jack Basking Engineering

Kerr Hall
Kresge College
Music Facility
McHenry Library
Natural Sciences 2

Oakes College
Physical Science Building
Porter College, Kitchen & Dining
Porter/Kresge Infill Apartments
Sinsheimer Labs

Stevenson College
Stevenson Infill Apartments
Theatre Arts

Thimann Laboratory

C.     Facilities that will be unaffected by the utility service interruptions. (Lower Campus, Coastal Science Campus, 2300 Delaware and all leased facilities)

Coastal Science Campus
Faculty & Staff Housing
2300 Delaware
Cardiff House Annex
Cardiff House
Blacksmith Shop
Carriage House
Family Student Housing
Emergency Response Center/Police Station
Water Tank Pump Station
Physical Plant Shop Stores
Hazardous Waste Facility
Barn-H/Receiving/Risk Services
Physical Plant Trailers Near Corp Yard
PP&C Trailers West of Barn-G
Physical Plant Paint, Sign & Bug Shop
Fleet Services
Cook House
Barn Theater
Main Kiosk