DREMC Attempts to Reduce Demand from TVA, Calls for Beat the Peak
(Dec. 10, 2019) Forecasts indicate Wednesday morning’s temperatures will be in the upper twenties creating a high electricity demand due to home heating. Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) predicts this will be the highest daily purchase of energy from TVA so far this month. Because of that, DREMC is asking for help to limit that purchase.
“Our daily max purchase from TVA sets the demand portion of our monthly wholesale power bill, and that equals 40% of our monthly bill,” explains DREMC Member Services Manager Carol Garrette. “Our Beat the Peak program is all about lowering the peak energy usage on those predicted days for just a few hours. Every month we try to predict the handful of potential peak days and conserve energy on those days. If we get it right, the money saved eventually impacts retail rates.”
The Beat the Peak™ alert window on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, is from 6-8 AM.
DREMC asks that members set heating system thermostats down at least three degrees. If the setting is normally 71 degrees, adjusting the thermostat to 68 will help lessen the energy demand.
In addition, members should:
✓ Defer use of hot water. Give the electric water heater a break by not showering, running the dishwasher or using the washing machine.
✓ Delay running the clothes dryer.
✓ Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.
✓ Keep the oven turned off.
When the peak period has passed, normal electricity use can resume.
“With Beat the Peak™, we attempt to hold down DREMC’s wholesale power bill,” Garrette added. “To reduce your individual bill, look for resources on our website including home energy audits, energy calculators, and low-cost/no-cost wintertime tips. Also, The Tennessee Magazine, mailed monthly to our consumer-members, features energy efficiency advice worth checking out.”
Beat the Peak™ is a network of thousands of residential households that are sent peak alert warnings via email, text message and ads broadcast on local radio stations. Members voluntarily reduce their electricity use during the time when DREMC predicts a new potential peak demand.
To sign up for Beat the Peak™ emails and texts, go to www.dremc.com and click on the “My Account” tab, or contact your local DREMC office.