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'Beat the Peak' Alert Issued

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UNDATED- Today's frigid temperatures have prompted Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative to request their members to voluntarily conserve or limit energy usage between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m.

According to the cooperatives, the above period of time will be when their members use the greatest amount of electricity. The cooperatives said that as a result, they will be purchasing power from the market at extremely high prices.

During "normal" load periods the cooperatives pay only pennies per kilowatt-hour for power. However, during "peak" demand or energy periods when the temperatures rise, the cooperatives can pay up to $1 per kilowatt-hour. In turn, the cooperatives must pass these higher costs onto their members, which may have an impact on rates.

Between the hours of 5 and 8 tonight, the cooperatives are requesting their members to turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances that may not be needed. The cooperatives are also asking their members to delay major appliance usage such as dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers and delay any hot water usage.

Other important steps to take might include closing window shades and turning thermostats down a few degrees during these "peak" times of 5-8 p.m. 

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