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'Beat the Peak' Alert Issued for Tuesday

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Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative have issued a "Beat the Peak" alert for 6-8 a.m. Tuesday and are asking their members to voluntarily conserve or limit energy usage during that time period. 

The co-ops said that while it will not be extremely cold Tuesday morning, they may be still hit their peak energy use. During times of peak energy usage, the co-ops said they will be purchasing power from the market at premium prices.

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

During the aforementioned "Beat the Peak" periods, the co-ops are asking their members to lower their thermostats a few degrees and turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances that may not be needed. The co-ops are also asking their members to delay major appliance usage until the alert time is over.

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