LYNCHBURG — Winter still grips southern Middle Tennessee, as another round of below-freezing temperatures arrived this week. The forecast Friday morning, March 6, is for a low of around 10 to 12 degrees Fahrenheit, probably setting the March demand peak.
Duck River Electric Membership Corp. will activate Beat the Peak™ over the hours of 6 to 8 a.m. on Friday in hopes of avoiding the higher wholesale power costs associated with increased electricity consumption for home heating.
Combining Beat the Peak™ with EnerNOC, a commercial-industrial demand response program, helps DREMC buffer the higher costs for wholesale power charged by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) during peak demand periods.
This will be the third Beat the Peak™ call made so far in 2015. The year’s first activation was on Jan. 8 when temperatures plummeted to the single digits, followed by a second activation on Feb. 19 when the mercury dipped into the zero- to five-degree range.
More than 13,800 DREMC residential members receive peak alert emails and texts in advance of extreme temperatures that can cause demand charges to top $9.50 per kilowatt-hour. Thousands more hear radio peak warnings broadcasted across the service territory.
Beat the Peak™ participants reduce their power consumption and lower their bills by:
• Turning down the thermostat. Lowering the temperature can result in electric bill savings, in addition to helping DREMC avoid higher demand charges. Beat the Peak™ participants are urged to set their thermostats back 2-3 degrees during the winter peak hours.
• Postponing use of electric appliances, including clothes dryers, stoves and ovens.
• Delaying use of hot water for bathing, laundry or washing dishes. The water heater consumes a large amount of electricity.
• Turning off nonessential lights, small appliances, electronics and other electrical equipment.
To sign up for Beat the Peak™, go to www.dremc.com.