|Hancock-Wood Electric issues peak demand alert|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:47|
On Wednesday, Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative issued a Peak Demand Alert Notice for reduced electricity use until 6 p.m., today for all 12,974 of its commercial and residential accounts. Temperatures in Northwest Ohio are expected to reach near or exceed the 100-degree Fahrenheit mark today and the remainder of the workweek. Peak Demand Alerts are expected to continue at the same time during the afternoon until Friday.
President and CEO George Walton said, "Due to these continuing high heat-index weather conditions, Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative has issued another peak demand alert and likely for the remainder of the workweek. Because high demands on electric loads across Ohio are occurring, we are asking our members to conserve electricity during the afternoon in order to stabilize electric rates and control costs."
Walton added that Hancock-Wood helps to offset peak demand remotely through control switches on certain accounts, but members can assist offsetting demand. For residential members, that can mean reducing thermostat settings by three to five degrees, turning off unnecessary lighting, postponing work that uses extra electricity, and avoiding bathing, washing dishes, laundry or vacuuming during this period. For commercial members, that may mean shutting off unnecessary workplace lighting and reducing air conditioning thermostat settings by three to five degrees.
Walton said, "Our members are to be commended for their participation during this heat wave. We want to emphasize there is no shortage of power supply. Hancock-Wood is working to keep power usage down during peak times because it keeps our members' costs lower."
A portion of what Hancock-Wood pays for electricity is determined by peak demand, so members' participation helps keep overall power costs down and stabilize electric rates.
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