Conserving energy helps your wallet, and the planet
The Load Management Program helps balance electrical supply and demand. The goal is to keep the amount of electricity used in balance with the amount of electricity generated, which results in a reduced need for future power plants. Load management is energy conservation at work.
Dairyland estimates that the program saves its system 70 megawatts of electricity in the summer and 160 megawatts in the winter...the equivalent size of a small power plant. It does so by reducing the system’s total demand during peak use hoursgenerally between 3 and 9 p.m. People are commonly at home running washers and dryers, dishwashers and air conditioners during that timeframe. Extremely warm or cold weather also create an enormous amount of demand on the energy system, with the increase in air conditioner and furnace use.
How does load management work?
Load management can involve such techniques as interrupting water heaters or air conditioners for short periods of time, and controlling when irrigation pumps or grain drying systems run. Commercial and industrial facilities may use generators or simply reduce load for a special rate.
Dairyland’s cooperatives advertise the load control program to their members. Incentives can be offered to residential and business customers who participate in the program.
Energy use is on the rise
Dairyland is projecting a 1 to 2 percent increase in energy consumption annually.
Why this upward trend? Mainly, growth in our cooperative service area, as rural areas are increasingly suburbanized. Additionally, lifestyles have changed over the past two decades. Air conditioning used to be an out-of-reach luxury for many; now, it is considered a necessity.