Power Savers Program
DEMEC and its nine members work with residential and commercial electric customers to voluntarily reduce energy consumption during peak energy usage times. These efforts attempt to reduce customer electric costs.
On days that large increases in electric usage are expected, DEMEC will encourage people to voluntarily avoid activities that will increase their use. Simple efforts like changing the thermostat 2-3 degrees, waiting to run the washer/dryer, and turning off unnecessary lights can help DEMEC avoid the extra kilowatts needed that day. This prevents a higher peak for all customers, saving electricity and money.
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Why We Take Action:
DEMEC’s program saves the municipal electric utility and most importantly its customers’ 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. Your utility supports these efforts because purchasing wholesale power at peak times results in the 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 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 extremely 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 the electric load. Forecasts are typically given about 24 hours in advance of an upcoming peak and preparations are made to notify customers. DEMEC uses a combination of the municipal notification systems, contractor support, website and social media to notify customers.
Contact: Scott Lynch
VP Asset Development