The Cooperative’s future price it must pay for electric generation has a component based on how much we consumed during summer peak demand periods. Northwestern REC began the Peak Alert program to help reduce energy purchased during these high demand times.
A Peak Alert is a text and/or e-mail notifications to inform Cooperative members of a predicted period of high demand for electricity. Participating members are asked to voluntarily cut back energy usage. It does not mean there is a shortage of electricity.
The alerts will occur in the summer months from June to September. Typically they occur between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on hot summer days (M – F).
You can reduce electric use by turning off air conditioners, dehumidifiers, pool filters, clothes dryers and any other unnecessary appliances. By 6 p.m. the peak will pass and you can go back to your normal use.
For more information, please contact the Communications Department at 1-800-352-0014.