23 May DREMC attempts to reduce demand from TVA, calls for Beat the Peak
High Temps in Forecast
DREMC Attempts to Reduce Demand from TVA, Calls for Beat the Peak™
Forecasts indicate that Friday’s temperatures will be one of the hottest afternoons of the month so far. Projected afternoon highs in the low 90s combined with higher electricity demand due to home cooling could produce a monthly peak for Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC).
“As temperatures rise, your cooling equipment runs longer and at maximum capacity, thereby using more electricity,” explains DREMC Member Services Manager Carol Garrette. “Even a few days of extreme temperatures can cause your bill to be markedly higher. The cumulative impact of everyone’s cooling systems running harder is that we are likely to set a high demand for electricity from our supplier, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). TVA charges us based on our highest peak of the demand curve, so if we can lower the amount of this demand, we can all save money.”
The electric co-op plans to activate Beat the Peak™ and implement other power conservation measures to lower the impact of TVA wholesale rates during this period of greatest demand. This period of peak demand is also the largest portion of the wholesale electricity purchased by DREMC and equates to nearly $10 per kilowatt.
The Beat the Peak™ alert window on Friday, May 24, 2019, is from 4-6 PM.
DREMC asks that members turn up their air conditioner thermostats by three degrees during the peak period. If the setting is normally 75 degrees, adjusting the thermostat to 78 will help lessen demand.
In addition, members should:
- Defer use of hot water. Give the electric water heater a break by not showering, running the dishwasher or using the washing machine.
- Delay running the clothes dryer.
- Close shades and curtains to block sunlight. If you have a swimming pool, turn off the water circulation pump.
- Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.
- Keep the oven turned off.
When the peak period has passed, normal electricity use can resume.
“Demand reductions lessen the impact of higher wholesale power costs, which eventually must be passed on to the membership through rates,” Garrette says. “With Beat the Peak™, we attempt to hold down DREMC’s wholesale power bill.”
Garrette added, “To reduce your individual bill, look for many resources on our website including home energy audits, energy calculators, and low-cost/no-cost summertime tips. Also, The Tennessee Magazine, mailed monthly to our consumer-members, features energy efficiency advice worth checking out.”
Beat the Peak™ is a network of thousands of residential households that are sent peak alert warnings via email, text message and ads broadcast on local radio stations. Members voluntarily reduce their electricity use during the time when DREMC predicts a new potential peak demand.
To sign up for Beat the Peak™ emails and texts, click on the “My Account” tab, or contact your local DREMC office.