“Beat the Peak” alert ahead of forecasted extreme temps

“Beat the Peak” alert ahead of forecasted extreme temps
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SPECIAL REPORT to Blowing Rock News. By Renee Whitener. January 18, 2019. LENOIR, NC — Blue Ridge Energy is announcing a “Beat The Peak” alert from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Monday, January 21, ahead of extremely cold temperatures arriving late weekend.

Beat The Peak alerts are announced when extreme temperatures cause energy demand from consumers to reach critically high levels, typically on the coldest winter mornings or hottest summer afternoons.

By announcing the peak event, Blue Ridge Energy encourages members to take the following actions to reduce energy usage during the alert period of Monday, January 21, from 6 am to 9 am:

  • Lower thermostats to the lowest comfortable setting
  • Delay using large appliances such as washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers
  • Postpone or reduce hot water usage  
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and electronics

As part of Blue Ridge Energy’s efforts to manage wholesale power cost and keep rates as low as possible, the cooperative offers members the voluntary program known as Beat The Peak. By signing up for Beat The Peak alerts, members are notified in advance of a peak usage period so that they can plan to take steps to reduce energy usage during the peak. Even small actions help when members join together!

So far, total savings from all of the cooperative’s demand reduction programs are approaching half a million dollars, which goes to help control member rates.

Join Beat The Peak by signing up to receive your choice of text, email or phone alerts at: www.BlueRidgeEnergy.com/BTP

Blue Ridge Energy serves some 76,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany counties as well as parts of Avery, Alexander and Wilkes counties. Learn more at www.BlueRidgeEnergy.com 

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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