What is a Peak Alert?

A peak alert happens when the demand for electricity is much higher than normal. This increases the cost of electricity and also can put a strain on the nation's electric grid. We share peak alerts with members to encourage them to lower their use when the demand for electricity is high. This helps us manage the price we pay for power and keeps your cost low.

Simple ways to lower your energy use during a peak alert hours.

  1. Turn your thermostat up 1-3 degrees.
  2. Use less hot water.
  3. Delay charging your electric vehicle.

Temporarily reducing energy use can make a big difference on the electric grid during times peak demand.


Load Management Programs

Electric cooperatives across the state save millions of dollars by allowing their generation supplier, Buckeye Power, to control portions of their use of electricity at certain times through the use of load management devices called radio controlled switches. We do this because electricity cost the most when its in very high demand. When the peak goes up, so does the cost. By reducing the demand for electricity created by electric water heaters, home-heating systems and central air-conditioning systems of our members, the cooperative works to reduce the costs of power for our members.

Members can help the cooperative by reducing energy use by having a radio-controlled switch (RCS) installed on your electric water heater or heat pump system. See our rebate programs for details about rebates for RCS installations on water heaters, heat pumps, and geothermal units!

It’s a simple philosophy: the more electric demand your cooperative can control, the more effectively we can hold down your rates. The success of load management is up to each and every one of us.  Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.

Do you have a radio control switch on your AC or water heater?

A green light indicates normal operation of the unit (no load control). Load control is active when the red light is on. The red light doesn’t turn off the unit, but cycles it to run less often than a typical day.