Understanding Load Control & Peak Alerts
A Peak Alert is issued due to high temps and energy use.
- Load management is in effect normally between the hours of 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
For appliances equipped with radio-control switches (RCS) including:
- Geo units
- Heat pumps
- Central a/c
- Water heaters
Thank you for using energy wisely during peak times, your participation/conservation helps hold down energy costs for the co-op and fellow members.
- URE uses load management programs to reduce the overall load across our electric distribution system when energy use is at its highest
- By reducing our system’s energy footprint during peak times, we can avoid costs associated with high grid demand and/or securing additional power generation
When Do Peak Alerts Occur?
Peak alerts typically occur in the warmest summer afternoons, usually between the hours of 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
How Can I Help During Peak Times?
- By reducing energy use during a “peak alert”
- By having an RCS installed on your electric water heater or heat pump system
It is a simple philosophy:
- The more electric demand your cooperative can control, the more effectively we can hold down your rates
- The success of load management is up to every one of us – Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated
Can I Tell if the RCS is Being Controlled During a Peak Alert?
A load control period is indicated by the RCS when both green and red LED lights are illuminated on the left side of the RCS.
- In a normal period, only the green LED will be illuminated
- Control times generally occur in less than 1% of all the hours during a given year
- Notices of peak alerts are typically posted here on the cooperative’s website or via our Facebook and Twitter feeds
Understanding Peak Alerts Video