Load Management

  • More than 12,000 customers are already participating
  • Earning monthly energy bill credits
What is load management? Load management is a way to decrease the demand on an electric system at the time (or times) that the demand is the highest.

Why is  it important? The demand for electricity throughout a town varies from moment to moment. The time when the demand is highest-that is, when he most electricity is being used by the electric system - is called "peak" or "peak demand." That's typically when many people are using appliances at the same time. Those peaks determine how much a town pays for power. Higher points of peak demand mean higher prices. By managing the demand on the electric system through load management, a city can better manage a customer's electricity cost.

How does it work? Participating in the load management program involve having a remotely controlled switch attached to appliances that have the most impact on peak demand. During peak demand, electric service to the appliance is briefly interrupted. By cycling the appliance off, the demand on the overall system is reduced. The more switches in place, the greater the impact of the program. Typically, load management switches can be applied to a customer's air conditioner, heat strips and water heater. Best of all, by participating in the program, a customer will receive a credit - or credits - on their electric bill.
To thank you for your participation, we will credit your utility bills depending on what level of participaiton:
  • $2.00 per month for Electric Water Heaters
  • $10.00 per month in January, February, March & April for Electric Heat Strips
  • $4.00 per month in June, July, August, and September for 25% A/C Control
  • $8.00 per month in June, July, August, and September for 50% A/C Control
  • $20.00 per month in June, July, August, and September for 100% A/C Control

Central Air Conditioner 25% Control – (Minimum required participation level) The compressor is cycled off for brief periods, approximately 7.5 minutes every half hour. The circulating fan continues to run and comfort level changes are usually undetectable. Customers receive $4.00 utility bill credit for four consecutive months in the summer.

Central Air Conditioner 50% Control – (Optional participation level) The compressor is cycled off for brief periods, approximately 15 minutes every half hour. The circulating fan continues to run; comfort level changes are perceptible during extreme heat. Customers receive $8.00 utility bill credit for four consecutive months in the summer.

Central Air Conditioner 100% Control – (Optional participation level) The compressor is off for the entire load management period. Fans will continue to operate but air will not be cooled. Homes may become warm. Customers receive $20.00 utility bill credit for four consecutive months in the summer.