With colder temperatures back, Delaware Electric and Choptank Electric cooperatives are asking their members to voluntarily conserve or limit energy usage from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and 6-8 a.m. Wednesday.
According to the co-ops, energy usage is expected to peak during the aforementioned period of time. The co-ops said that during times of peak energy usage, 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" period, 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.