Santee Electric Cooperative announces new program
Article was added on Thursday, January 26, 2017
Santee Electric Cooperative
recently announced the start of its Beat the Peak program, a free
and voluntary effort to help control energy costs for all
Through Beat the Peak, members of
the co-op can sign-up to receive alerts asking them to reduce their
energy usage during critical periods when wholesale electricity
prices spike. These times, known in the industry as "peaks," are
when demand for electricity is the highest, usually on summer
afternoons and winter mornings. Like most commodities, when the
demand for electricity rises, so do the costs. When the
cooperative purchases large amounts of energy during these peak
periods over the course of a year, the electricity rates the co-op
and its member-owners pay can be adversely affected.
"The idea behind Beat the Peak is
to shift energy consumption from times when demand is highest,"
said Rob Ardis, president and CEO of Santee Electric Cooperative.
"Potentially, this effort can save the cooperative and its
member-owners significant money over time by keeping the wholesale
power costs low and stable. We're excited about the program and the
opportunity to work together with our member-owners to keep the
cost of power affordable for everyone."
When Santee Electric Cooperative
staff determines a peak energy use period is coming, the co-op will
issue a Beat the Peak alert to program participants. Members will
have selected to receive the alerts by text messages, emails or
phone calls. Santee Electric Cooperative will also alert members
through social media.
During a Beat the Peak period,
Santee Electric Cooperative members are encouraged to use power
wisely until the peak demand falls. These are a few of the actions
members can take to help reduce use:
Adjusting thermostats by 3 degrees
- moving higher during summer afternoons and evenings and lower
during mornings in the winter
Delay certain activities that
require hot water, such as washing clothes, taking showers, or
Postpone using heavy appliances,
like dryers and ovens.
"The important thing is that
we are not asking our member-owners to altogether stop using
certain appliances," Ardis said. "We want to get them to consider
shifting their usages to different hours of the day to help hold
down everyone's costs. If we can work together, It's a win-win for
To sign up for alerts, go to www.energysmartsc.org/beat-the-peak
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