LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Beat the Peak™ will be activated Friday afternoon, Sept. 4, between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m. when high electricity demand for air conditioning is predicted due to temperatures forecasted in the mid-90s.
Duck River EMC urges its members to adjust their AC thermostats upward by three degrees and take other steps to reduce power consumption during this period.
During times of peak demand, the cost of wholesale electricity from the Tennessee Valley Authority rises to $9.50 per kilowatt-hour. These charges can cost DREMC millions of dollars, eventually leading to rate increases.
Peak alerts are issued via email and text message to those enrolled in Beat the Peak™. In addition, peak warnings are broadcast on local radio stations.
Those who participate in Beat the Peak™ make an impact on the cost of power and help stabilize rates. Since the voluntary program started in January of 2014, 20 activations have shaved more than 2.4 megawatts off peak demand events.
“It is really quite amazing,” says DREMC President and CEO Michael Watson. “Post-event surveys continue to show high engagement among our members. Most of them respond by adjusting their thermostats. Thousands of households are involved in power conservation efforts during the announced peak periods.”
Turning thermostats up makes the greatest difference in household energy use during summer peak periods, but DREMC members can make an impact in other ways:
—Give the electric water heater a break by not showering, running the dishwasher or using the washing machine
—Don’t run the clothes dryer until the peak period has passed
—Close shades and curtains to block sunlight (UV radiation)
—If you have a swimming pool, turn off the water circulation pump
—Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms
—Keep the oven turned off; use the microwave or outdoor grill for food preparation
To sign up for Beat the Peak™, go to <www.dremc.com>.