Time of Use Information
Time of Use generally refers to “peak” times for electricity consumption. Typically peak times are from about 6 a.m. to about 9 a.m. and again in the evening, from about 4 p.m. to about 10 p.m. Peak times also are on the hottest summer days and coldest winter days.
There are two main issues with peak use: cost of power and the possibility of too much demand causing brown outs or black outs, as California and the northeast have experienced.
Co-op members can help reduce peak load by postponing activities such as using the dishwasher and doing the laundry until after peak times, turning the water heater down to 120º, changing to compact fluorescent and LED lights and making a concerted family and business effort to turn off lights and appliances when not in use.
Some utilities bill more for energy used during peak times, because the high demand at only those times means that power providers must overbuild power plants to accommodate that higher demand, generate power from expensive “peaking” power plants or buy power from the spot market, typically more expensive.
Platte-Clay does not charge peak time rates, but is encouraging members to avoid unnecessary electric consumption during peak times. Peak demand sets the price for your co-op’s wholesale rates. If we can keep the amount of peak demand down, it will help keep your co-op electric rates down.