Help KV REMC control electric rates. Volunteer for POWERSHIFT® or Beat the Peak!
WHAT IS the POWERSHIFT® program?
PowerShift® was developed in conjunction with our wholesale power supplier, Wabash Valley Power Association (WVPA), to empower our members to join us in our efforts to control electric rates.
PowerShift® works by shifting electricity use via residential electric water heaters, central air-conditioners and seasonal agricultural loads from peak demand times to times of lesser demand.
WHAT IS peak demand and why is reducing it important?
Electricity is produced for immediate use; it cannot be stored economically. Because of this, power plants must meet electrical requirements at all times. Peak demand refers to those periods when electric consumers collectively use the most electricity. Generally, electricity prices are higher during demand peaks.
The price an REMC member must pay for electricity is partially based on how much power your local electric cooperative requires during these peak demand intervals, generally the hottest, most humid days each summer and coldest days of winter. Reducing the amount of power your cooperative uses on those days, as well as during other times throughout the year, can help to stabilize electric costs.
How does Powershift® work?
Members volunteer to have a load control receiver installed on their electric water heater, central air-conditoner or other special load (agricultural irrigation system, drainage pumps and grain dryers/fans).
WVPA and Kankakee Valley REMC monitor electrical demand and weather conditions 24 hours a day. When demand reaches extreme levels, a signal is transmitted over electric lines to the load control receivers. The receivers temporarily switch off power to the units for a short period of time. You don’t lift a finger! Monitoring systems and the load control receiver do all the work at no cost to you*.
Seasonal loads such as agricultural irrigation systems, drainage pumps and grain dryers/fans are typically controlled for no longer than three hours at a time. Members participating in this program can be notified vie email or cell phone text message when the peak periods occur.
- Air Conditioning: 4-7 p.m. CST, Monday-Friday (no weekends or holidays)
- Water heater: Times vary, Monday - Friday (no weekends or holidays)
How does Powershift® benefit you?
By working together to reduce our demand for energy during peak times, we can reduce Kankakee Valley REMC's power costs, reduce the need to build power plants, lessen the impact on the environment, and minimize the need to increase future electric rates.
- Central air-conditioner participants will receive an annual bill credit of $40 paid $10 per month during the months of June through September.
- Participants in the water heater switch program receive an annual bill credit of $60 paid $5 per month.
- Seasonal loads such as agricultural irrigation systems, drainage pumps and grain dryers/fans are eligible for alternative rate programs. Please contact our office for additional details on this program.
To qualify, you must be a full-time residential member with an electric water heater or central air-conditioner (5 tons or less), own a single family home (renters can participate with landlord consent), as well as any member with a seasonal agricultural load.
*KV REMC pays for the load control receiver and for its installation on water heaters and central air-conditioners. Seasonal agricultural participants will receive the control device at no cost but must arrange their own installation.**Members can cancel their participation in the program at any time at no charge.
BEAT THE PEAK program
Similarly to PowerShift®, Beat the Peak helps reduce power usage during peak times. However, unlike PowerShift® that uses installed load controllers, Beat the Peak relies on member commitments to reduce power when the demand is high, typically 4-7 p.m. (CST) during the hot summer months.
When a peak situation exists, participating members will be notified by e-mail, text, and on our website. Participating members will be asked to conserve energy in the following ways: turning off lights, adjusting thermostats up 3 degrees, delaying the use of hot water, and delaying the use of appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, clothes dryers and electric ovens.
During extreme heat, more electricity is in demand. By limiting electricity use during peak times, it minimizes our need to purchase power from the market at extremely high prices.
*Beat the Peak participants do not receive any bill credit incentives.