What is a Peak Alert?
Peak Alerts are not a notice of a power shortage, they are simply a load management effort used to reduce the demand for electricity and keep your cost of power as low as possible. By keeping high electrical demand levels to a minimum, our cooperative members reap the benefit, in the form of a lower cost of power.
When do Peak Alerts Occur?
A Peak Alert occurs when The Energy Cooperative is extremely close to demanding more electric power than we’ve ever used before. Your cooperative pays for power based on the total number of kilowatt hours of electricity we use, AND the largest demand for electric power during any one-hour increment. If we set a new “peak demand,” it can mean we have to pay thousands of dollars more throughout the rest of the year. And that means higher electric rates for you, our electric members. Peak Alerts are likely to occur Monday – Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on days that are extremely hot and humid. Peak Alerts can vary during the winter depending on temperatures and demand.