High electricity demand predicted Monday morning

High electricity demand predicted Monday morning

Forecasts indicate the upcoming frigid weekend will be capped by one of the coldest nights of the winter so far. A projected morning low of around 15 degrees on Monday, Jan. 9, combined with higher electricity demand due to home heating, could produce a monthly peak for Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC).

The electric co-op plans to activate Beat the Peak™ and implement other power conservation measures to lower the impact of spiking Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) wholesale rates during the hour of greatest demand. This is when the cost of electricity purchased by DREMC can increase to almost $10 per kilowatt-hour.

The Beat the Peak™ alert window on Monday is from 6-8 a.m.

“This is when our temperature and electric load forecasts show the possibility of highest demand,” says DREMC Member Services Manager Carol Garrette.

Past January peaks experienced by DREMC have been produced by temperatures ranging from the low 20s to 1-degree below zero.

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 demand is highest.

Co-op members are asked to set heating system thermostats down at least three degrees, turn off lights in unoccupied rooms, avoid using ovens and dish washers, delay doing laundry (especially running the clothes dryer) and reduce hot water use during the two hours when the peak could occur.

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.

To sign up for Beat the Peak™ emails and texts, go to www.dremc.com or contact your local DREMC office.