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VEC Invites Members to "Beat the Peak" This Summer 

June 8, 2018

Johnson, VT- Vermont Electric Co-op (VEC) will be inviting members again this summer to consider trimming back their electricity use during periods when the region’s electricity supply is tight.

Members can sign up, if they so choose, to receive a message from VEC at times when it would be helpful to throttle back their use – to “beat the peak” – in order to help reduce strain on the grid.

All members who sign up for this voluntary program, along with all of those who have signed up in previous years will be entered into a raffle. VEC will draw four winners for  $25 gift cards.

“The Beat the Peak program helps us reduce the cost to buy and transmit electricity when demand is high and prices spike,” said Victoria Brown, VEC’s general counsel and interim CEO. “The more that members can team up and help out during key times, the more we can control rates for all co-op members over the long run,” she said.

In summer, New England electricity peaks typically occur between 2 pm and 6 pm on the hottest days. When VEC predicts a potential peak, we will ask members to turn off unnecessary lights and appliances and delay use of major appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines, and clothes dryers. Overall, members are asked to use electricity carefully during these times.

Members interested in helping to "beat the peak" may sign up to receive alerts during peak events. You can choose e-mail, text, or phone message alerts. VEC generally sends alerts about 3-4 times every summer when we expect a “peak” event. You can sign up at https://www.vermontelectric.coop/programs-services/beat-the-peak or call 1-800-832-2667.

About Vermont Electric Cooperative

Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC), established in 1938, is a non-profit, member-owned electric distribution utility that provides safe, affordable, and reliable electric service to approximately 32,000 members in 75 communities in northern Vermont. Nationally recognized for innovative and advanced use of technology, VEC is the largest locally-owned electric distribution utility in Vermont.  www.vermontelectric.coop