VEC Issues a Peak Alert for Thursday and Friday

August 10, 2016

Johnson, VT- Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) is encouraging members to conserve energy on Thursday, August 11 and Friday August 12, between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. This is when demand for electricity is expected to spike as a result of high temperatures throughout New England.

 Here is what people can do to help beat the peak during those hours.

• Turn off all unnecessary lights.
• Delay the use of major appliances like dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers until after the alert time has passed.
• Turn off air conditioning or raise your thermostat by 3 degrees.

VEC implements the Beat the Peak program to promote conservation during peak energy events.  Many of VEC’s costs are set during the annual New England peak, so if VEC members can limit consumption during that time period, they can help save money. According to Lisa Morris, VEC Energy Service Planner, “By conserving electricity during peak energy times VEC members can collectively beat the peak and help to control costs that impact electric rates. One of the advantageous of a cooperative is that we can work together to help each other save.”

VEC began issuing Beat the Peak alerts in 2012. VEC members interested in "beating the peak" can sign up to receive alerts by e-mail, text, or phone. For more information about VEC's Beat the Peak program, visit VEC’s website at or call 1-800-832-2667.