15 May High electricity demand predicted Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons
Forecasts indicate that Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s temperatures will be two of the warmest afternoons of the month so far. A projected afternoon high of around 88-89 degrees on both days combined with higher electricity demand due to home cooling, 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 windows on Tuesday, May 16 and Wednesday, May 17 are from 4-6 PM.
“This is when our temperature and electric load forecasts show the possibility of highest demand,” says DREMC Member Services Manager Carol Garrette. “The typical peaking timeframe in May is usually toward the end of the month, reported Garrette, “but with the forecasted temperatures for this week, it appears we will peak earlier this year.”
Recent past May peaks experienced by DREMC have been produced by warm temperatures ranging from the mid 80’s to the low 90’s.
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 cooling system thermostats up 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 and click on the “About Us” tab, or contact your local DREMC office.