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Consumers may request a temporary exclusion from voltage reduction tests through their local distribution company. That request may be granted if it addresses public health and safety concerns, potential damage to equipment, or undue injury to the environment. In addition, exclusions may be granted where loss of production might occur.
All requests for exclusions must be accompanied by a mitigation plan to remedy the problem or confirmation that the request will not result in a future exclusion during an actual voltage reduction. Participation in voltage reduction tests is important. Tests provide consumers an opportunity to identify and address problems with their equipment. In a real voltage reduction scenario, it is unlikely that there would be many exclusions. Broad participation also leads to a better quality of test, which helps support a robust and reliable power grid.