Load management is a program used to control the power to residential water heaters, central air conditioners, and off-peak electric heat.
The load management program at Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperative was put into place to keep power costs down. Because power suppliers need to own or purchase enough electric capacity to meet their needs during periods of peak use, load management decreases our costs by reducing the total capacity that our power supplier needs to have available at peak times. Finally, load management frees up additional capacity, lowering the cost for all co-op members.
How is electricity controlled?
Controlling is done with a Comverge (approx. 6" x 8") radio receiver with indicator lights.
Green lights indicate power to the receiver.
Yellow lights indicate control of A/C and electric resistant heat, such as baseboard and heat pumps.
Red lights indicate control of water heater and storage heat such as thermal storage heaters and Marathon water heaters.
How often is my equipment controlled?
Loads can be controlled at various times throughout a 24 hour period depending on the cooperative's generation and transmission company, Dairyland Power Cooperative. The program has been designed to make the controlling periods as convenient as possible to our members.
And one more thing...
Having a load control on your water heater, central air conditioner, or electric heat comes with added incentives! If you have any questions, please call 800-236-2141 ext. 563.