Delaware Electric Cooperative is asking all Delaware Electric Co-op members to voluntarily conserve or limit energy usage between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, when its membership is expected to be using the greatest amount of electricity and, as a result, when the cooperative expects to be purchasing power from the market at extremely high prices.
During “normal” load periods the cooperative pays only pennies per kilowatt-hour for power. However, during “Peak” demand or energy periods when the temperatures rise, it can pay up to $1 per kilowatt-hour and, in turn, representatives said, must pass these higher costs on to members, which may have an impact on rates.
“Between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, we are asking our members to turn off all unnecessary lights or appliances that may not be needed,” representatives said. “We would ask that our members delay major appliance usage, such as dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers, and if they can delay any hot water usage.”
Other important steps to take might include closing window shades and setting thermostats higher during this “Peak” time of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., they added.
Delaware Electric Cooperative is a member-owned electric utility serving more than 73,000 member-owners in Kent and Sussex counties. For more information visit the Web site at www.delaware.coop.