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Laredo College goes dark to support energy conservation efforts

 

Laredo College is in constant communication with the City of Laredo and AEP Texas as we continue to monitor the ongoing developments with massive power outages in our region as a result of severe weather. In solidarity with the concerted efforts of state and city officials, Laredo College is stepping up to do its part in conserving energy and helping our community overcome this crisis. 

 

Although power at both campuses has been restored, college administrators have made the decision to switch off non-essential electrical power until Monday, Feb. 22. Laredo College has an energy optimization system running 24/7 at both campuses. This system will be shut down effective immediately to minimize the impact this has on the energy usage in the region. 

 

Only a few select buildings that maintain essential infrastructure such as college servers and online networks that control virtual services, including the college website and student portals including CANVAS and PASPort, will remain with power.  

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“Our institution has made the decision to shut down power to all non-essential buildings at our campuses to aid the massive energy conservation efforts across our state,” Laredo College President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis said. “This represents a blackout to over 60 percent of our campus buildings. Every kilowatt of energy counts, and by minimizing our electrical consumption on both campuses, we hope that energy can be redirected to those who need it most in our community.”

 

We invite Laredoans to do their part in conserving energy to prevent more citizens from experiencing power outages due to increased electrical usage. You can do so by unplugging unused home appliances, keeping the lights off as much as possible and using natural light to warm and light your home during the day. 

 

“I applaud Laredo College for their commitment to lead by example in conserving energy,” AEP Texas Manager of External Affairs Tony Arce Jr. said. “I am not surprised that the number 1 rated college is now implementing energy saving measures that can result in a number 1 ranking for energy conservation.”