Utilities urge electric use reduction Monday

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) is encouraging members to conserve electricity this evening and tomorrow evening as demand for electricity is expected to spike because of high temperatures throughout New England. Specifically, VEC asks members to conserve electricity today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday) from 5-10 pm.Here is what people can do to help “beat the peak” during those hours:• Turn off all unnecessary lights.• Delay the use of major appliances like dishwashers, washing machines, and clothes dryers until after the alert time has passed.• Reduce use of air conditioning as much as safely possible. “When VEC can reduce the cost to buy and transmit electricity when demand is high across the region, it helps control electricity rates for all co-op members over the long term,” said Jake Brown, VEC Energy Services Planner.For more information visit https://vermontelectric.coop/beat-the-peak(link is external) or call 800-832-2667.Burlington Electric Department (BED) issued a peak alert for today/Monday, July 27 as part of its Defeat the Peak program launched during summer 2017 (view news release(link is external)), encouraging members of the Burlington community to reduce their energy usage today from 4:00-7:00pm.Burlingtonians can lend a hand by taking the following steps on what is projected to be an unusually hot summer day:Raise thermostat temperatures or turn off air conditioners between the hours of 4:00 and 7:00pm before returning air conditioners to cooler settings (COVID-19 note: please be aware of minimum ventilation requirements and airflow patterns related to COVID-19 – more information is available on the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) website at https://labor.vermont.gov/vermont-occupational-safety-and-health-administration-vosha(link is external));Wait until after 7:00pm or later to use washing machines, clothing dryers, dishwashers, and other appliances;Turn off non-essential lights until 7:00pm and later; andDelay other discretionary electric consumption until after 7:00pm.The New England region reaches peak demand for electricity during the summer. A significant portion of BED’s costs as a utility is determined by how much energy our community is using during the summer peak.“We are excited to continue Defeat the Peak  for our fourth year, while recognizing that with COVID-19 many of our customers are using energy differently this summer than in previous years,” stated Darren Springer, BED General Manager. “We encourage our customers to participate knowing that even small, individual steps add to our community effort to reduce costs and protect our environment. During the peak, please consider unplugging phone and laptop charging cords, adjusting thermostats, and waiting until after the peak to run dishwashers and other appliances. With your help, we can continue to hit our peak reduction targets and support non-profits that are making a difference in Burlington through the Defeat the Peak program.”Two more traditional incentives for Burlingtonians who take peak day actions include: potential reductions in utility costs that help keep electric rates low and stable; and environmental benefits that come with reduced energy demand on the regional electric grid, which decreases the need for use of polluting oil and natural gas generators around New England. A more unique and innovative incentive introduced by BED based on customer input is a community reward opportunity through which a local nonprofit – in this case My Brother’s Keeper (MBK)/My Sister’s Keeper (MSK)(link is external) – will benefit from a $1,000 contribution from BED if our customers hit the targeted amount of load reduction on a peak day.Burlington’s My Brother’s Keeper program was launched in 2016 when Mayor Miro Weinberger answered President Barack Obama’s call to action to create initiatives all around the country designed to address and recognize the persistent opportunity gaps in employment and education faced by boys and young Black men. Burlington expanded the program to include young Black women and all youth of color. The City’s Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) has developed targeted programming, facilitated accessible internships, and hosted numerous events to improve the delivery of resources between City departments, businesses, schools, and youth organizations for the youth of color in the Burlington community“My Brother’s Keeper/My Sister’s Keeper is excited to partner with Burlington Electric Department to help our community cut costs and save energy,” stated Luke McGowan, CEDO Director. “BED prides itself on leading in the areas of energy efficiency and other innovative programs that focus on ensuring that all Burlingtonians have opportunities to benefit from special rebates and incentives that help us in our fight against climate change. BED’s extra focus on the most marginalized members of our community is in line with our MBK/MSK mission to provide our young BIPOC community members with tools for future success.”BED also notifies customers by email blast about peak day alerts. Customers are invited to sign up for these email notifications, view a video explaining Defeat the Peak, and learn more about the program by visiting www.burlingtonelectric.com/peak(link is external).  BED also shares information about peak day alerts with the community through social media channels, including Facebook(link is external) and Twitter(link is external).  About Vermont Electric CooperativeVermont Electric Cooperative (VEC), established in 1938, is a non-profit, member-owned electric distribution utility that provides safe, affordable, and reliable electric service to approximately 32,000 members in 75 communities in northern Vermont. Nationally recognized for innovative and advanced use of technology, VEC is the largest locally-owned electric distribution utility in Vermont.  www.vermontelectric.coop(link is external)Source: Johnson, VT- Vermont Electric Cooperative. Burlington, VT – Burlington Electric Department 7.27.2020last_img read more