Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 20 NO. 11  -  November 2017

Load control equipment checks


Those on the Dual Fuel programs do not know when a control period will take place, but a good indicator would be when the temperature drops rapidly or is forecasted to remain cold for an extended period. To qualify for the Dual Fuel program, a secondary propane or fuel oil heat source is required to take over during a time of control to maintain a comfortable level of warmth within the home.

Properly operating receivers are critical to North Itasca Electric and all utilities because the high cost of demand charges can be reduced. Depending on the time of year, demand charges vary in price but average over $20 per kW. So, if a receiver is not working properly, homes with a 20 kW heat source would cost North Itasca Electric $400 in extra demand charges (per month) than if no control equipment was installed. The cost in demand would be higher than the income received in energy sales. “Energy” is not the same as “demand.” Energy is over time in kWh (Kilowatt hours) but demand is at a particular moment in time.

Without having a demand charge, energy can be sold at a lower rate benefitting members by reducing their electric bills. The Dual Fuel rate charged to members is $.0565 per kWh which is about half of that of the general service rate. But this can only happen if the receivers are working properly. I will be monitoring equipment during the winter months making sure receivers are working properly.

We used to have to stop at your home, but now we can see if your heating equipment is running every 15 minutes right from the office. For any questions or concerns, feel free to give me a call at (218) 743-1313.

Until next month, or if I stop by.

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