Lights Off as UVa Practices an Energy Emergency

June 20, 2013

The University of Virginia was in the dark for about an hour on Thursday, but nothing was wrong.

UVa is trying to reduce its electricity use by 18-percent, as part of an effort to be prepared for an "energy emergency".

The John Paul Jones Arena, the heating and cooling plant, and several other buildings were switched to generator power. UVa also turned off power to all unnecessary equipment.

Thursday's event served as a practice run, in case of a real emergency.

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