Peak Management has already saved over $60 million for cooperative
members across the state.
Peak Management is a completely voluntary program that enables your electric Cooperative
to control the use of electricity at certain times to help control costs.
Peak demand is reduced by controlling electric hot water heaters and home heating or
cooling systems in participating members' homes.
In fact, over the past 20 years, Peak Management has saved Ohio’s electric cooperatives
over $60 million, with less than half of the members participating. Can you imagine
how much more could be saved if everybody participated?
Controlling peak demand is key to low rates.
The goal of the Peak Management program is to control peak demand
is the amount of electricity required by an electric utility’s customers all at
one time. So a peak demand occurs when consumers demand more electricity than ever
Peak demands are most likely to occur on the hottest afternoons of the summer between
the hours of 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. Or, in the winter, when the temperature and wind
chill plummets between the hours of 5:00 and 9:00 p.m.
You see, your cooperative’s costs for power are determined by the maximum, or peak,
amount of power used. When that peak goes up, so do the costs.
But in order for the Peak Management program to reach its full potential, more people
need to participate, and allow their electric cooperative to install a free
switch on their home’s electric hot water heater, heat pump, air conditioner or
How does the Peak Management system work?
Ohio Rural Electric Cooperative’s (OREC)
Management system uses advanced satellite communications and microcomputer technology
to monitor the amount of electricity that cooperative members statewide are using
every moment of every day. Peak Management personnel also monitor weather conditions
across Ohio, and study the latest weather forecasts. With this information, they
can determine how much electricity will be needed and used at any given time period
on those few occasions when demand will reach a new peak level. A Peak Alert is
issued when a new peak load is expected. Individual cooperatives then relay this
message to their members.
Next, OREC sends a radio signal to a satellite orbiting far above Earth. This satellite
relays the signal to 32 radio base stations, which then control the RCSs, temporarily
shutting off power to participating electric water heaters and heating or cooling
Tips for reducing peak demands.
|Turn your thermostat up a few degrees in the summer and down a few degrees in the winter;
|Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms;
|Delay that shower or bath;
|Cut back on your use of washers, dryers, ranges, dishwashers and as many other appliances as possible.
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