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07/30/2004 8:42 PM ET

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks today announced in conjunction with Major League Baseball and the Florida Marlins, that next Thursday's game, August 5, will now begin at 2:05 p.m., an hour earlier than the regularly scheduled 3:05 start. The purpose of this time change is to assist APS with their challenges to meet the energy needs of all residents in the Valley by backing the game an hour out of the most used energy window during the course of the day.

"APS has been a great partner for us and we feel it is our obligation as leaders in the community to show we have the capability to accommodate their request and take some of the load off of their already overworked energy system," said Rich Dozer, Diamondbacks team president. "We believe in leading by example and are ecstatic that there is something our organization can do to assist APS as they try to meet the basic needs to provide enough energy to keep everyone as comfortable as possible during this extremely hot summer. If moving a baseball game one hour allows APS to better serve the people of Arizona, then the Diamondbacks and Florida Marlins are happy to be able to comply with this request."


On July 4, a fire severely damaged the Westwing substation near Surprise, Ariz. The Westwing substation is one of four major transmission substations that import power into the Valley. Since then, APS has asked business and residential customers to voluntarily conserve energy during the peak demand times of 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Conservation efforts during the peak period have resulted in 200 to 300 megawatts of energy being shaved off the peak demand each day. For perspective, 1 megawatt of electricity provides enough energy for the needs of about 250 average size homes in the Valley. Shifting the start time from 3 p.m. to 2 p.m. helps reduce demand during that critical 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. timeframe.


In addition, the Diamondbacks reduce demand every day by participating in Northwind Phoenix's district cooling system. The district cooling plant, located behind the ballpark, freezes water overnight when demand is at its lowest. During the day the water is melted and ultimately used to cool the ballpark. The ballpark has been a customer of the Northwind Phoenix district cooling system since it came online in 2001.

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Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Arizona is in the Mountain Time Zone, so they are in MST not MDT!


Correct, I mistakenly typed it as PST. I know that it is MST because the 2 teams in the Mountain time zone are Arizona and Colorado.

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