The University of Virginia will reduce the electricity it gets from a power grid for one hour on Thursday. UVA will seek to reduce electric demand by turning off unnecessary equipment beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, and switching some operations to generators. The goal is to reduce electric demand by 10 megawatts, which is roughly 18% of UVA's peak demand. The University participates in the Demand Response Program, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. It lets UVA and other institutions practice reducing their demand for electricity and make blackouts less likely. There was a similar exercise a year ago, when UVA reduced its draw from the electric grid by six megawatts.