Upshur Rural Electric’s “Beat the Peak” Program

Upshur Rural Electric’s “Beat the Peak” program is designed to save energy and help Upshur Rural manage the cost of wholesale power.

The Peak Month Energy Adjustment (PMEA) clause contained in URECC’s Rate Schedules A and B recovers the ratchet demand portion of URECC’s purchase power cost. If customers understand the PMEA concept, savings can be achieved both in energy usage and URECC’s maximum peak kilowatt capacity requirements, thereby reducing annual purchase power costs. In this event, members would benefit not only in lower monthly bills through conservation but also from lower purchase power adjustments.

Under URECC’s purchase power contract, the Cooperative is required to pay for 100% of the maximum kilowatt capacity required during the previous June, July, August or September. What this means is that if the Cooperative’s previous summer peak kilowatt capacity requirement was 100,000 kilowatts, the Cooperative must pay for the 100,000 kilowatts even though there are several months of the year the Cooperative’s kilowatt capacity requirements are less than 100,000 kilowatts.

“Beating the Peak” is easier than you think! By making these small changes every day, especially during the hot afternoons, it can add up to big savings:

  • Turn off or unplug all appliances and lights that are not currently in use
  • Avoid using your major appliances during the hot afternoons
  • Wash clothes or dishes early in the morning or later in the evening
  • Close window shades or blinds and use ceiling fans to circulate air
  • Take showers instead of baths early in the morning or later in the evening
  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120 degrees

If we can educate our members about the PEAK and encourage them to conserve energy during these critical times, we can hopefully reduce the PEAK. Not only will it help to reduce the monthly bill, it will also help to reduce your bill over the course of the year through the PMEA.