DEMEC and its nine members work with residential and commercial electric customers to voluntary reduce energy consumption during peak energy usage times. These efforts attempt to reduce customer electric costs.
DEMEC’s program saves the municipal electric utility and most importantly its customer’s money. During peak energy times the cost of power is very expensive so if steps are taken to reduce energy the result is a Win – Win for everyone. You utility supports these efforts because purchasing wholesale power at peak times results in highest prices which costs everyone more money. By cutting back on the amount of wholesale power purchased during these peak, high-priced periods, DEMEC can reduce your utility’s wholesale power costs. Reductions in wholesale power costs can then be passed through to customers in the form of lower electric bills.
When Do We Take Action:
Peak periods generally occur when the weather is at its most extreme and many customers are using either their air conditioners or heaters. The demand for electricity in the summer months is highest during extremely hot temperatures; typically, the peak period is from 2 p. m. – 6 p. m. Demand in the winter months is greatest during extreme cold temperatures, especially between the peak periods of 7 a. m. – 10 a. m. and 7 p. m. – 10 p. m.
How We Take Action:
DEMEC monitors the weather daily for extreme events. When the potential for an extreme event is found DEMEC uses sophisticated models to determine when customers should be asked to reduce electric load. Forecasts are typically given about 24 hours in advance of an upcoming peak and preparation are made to notify customers. DEMEC uses a combination of the municipal notification systems, contractor support, website and social media to notify customers.
To learn more about how to particpate click DEMEC Demand Response Program.