Understanding Load Management
Your cooperative is a distribution cooperative, which means we do not produce the electricity we provide you. Currently, Alliant Energy is who we purchase it from. Part of our wholesale bill is a monthly peak demand charge. Basically what this is; is when Alliant’s system hits peak usage at any time during the month, our system’s demand is read at that time and we’re assessed a charge based off of that demand for the entire month. That charge makes up a significant part of our wholesale bill which of course is passed on to our members. In an effort to minimize that charge, we utilize a load management program that targets larger electric using items such as electric heat, heat pumps, water heaters, air conditioners and irrigation systems.
How Load Management Works
A load control device is installed at your location by a Co-op technician. This device will allow the Co-op to shut off the item during high demand periods. The shut off period can happen anytime between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. We rarely, if ever, interrupt power on weekends and holidays. On average, load control occurs 4 to 6 times a month and for about 2 to 6 hours. There will be months when it will be necessary to interrupt for more days and longer periods, just as there will months when it will be less.
Load Management Programs
We offer several different programs designed to save you and the co-op money. Here is what we’re currently offering. Feel free to call us with any questions you may have.
Water Heater – Earn a quick $20 and $2 per month by enrolling in the Water Heater Load Management Program. Water heater replacement rebates of $100 are available to participating members. Free water heaters for new construction or conversion from gas if you sign up for load management.
Electric Heat & Heat Pumps – Save 30% in operating cost by enrolling in load management. This portion does require installation of a second meter.
Central Air Conditioners – We’ll give you $20 for signing up! In addition you’ll receive a $6 credit on your electric bill from May through September.
Time of Use Electric Rate – With the Time of Use Rate, the price per kilowatt hour (KWH) is dependent on the time of day you purchase it. This rate is designed to give CWEC members a financial advantage when they shift their electric usage to low demand (off-peak) hours. Kilowatt hours used Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. are billed at the on-peak rate, with all other hours including major holidays billed at the off-peak rate. There is approximately a 15 cents per kilowatt rate difference between on-peak and off-peak. Please contact us for current rate information.
Irrigation & Commercial Applications – Call us to see what we can do for you.
Please contact us for more information or to sign up for one or more of these money saving programs.