What is a Peak Alert?
A peak alert occurs when all of Ohio’s electric cooperatives approach a new peak demand for electricity usage. This is important because The Energy Cooperative purchases your electricity based on the total number of kilowatt hours of electricity our members use, and also the largest demand for electric power during any one-hour increment. When we set a new “peak demand,” it can mean a higher rate for electricity throughout the rest of the year.
We share peak alerts with our members so they can help out by reducing their usage during those times (reducing the demand) when everyone is using more electricity. A peak alert is not a shortage of electricity available to our members. It is a way we manage the cost of our electricity. By lowering usage during times of peak demand, our members reap the benefit in the form of a lower cost for power.
When Do Peak Alerts Occur?
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.
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.