Switch Team/Peak Alerts
Load Management through The Switch Team
One of the most effective means for reducing peaks and lowering system wide demand is through energy management. Feasibility studies have shown that energy management can save your cooperative millions of dollars over time, but this depends upon the cooperative efforts of everyone.
By participating in your cooperative's Switch Team Program you can make a difference in the future of your electric rates for years to come.
Residential homes are considered the greatest source of potential reductions in peak energy demand. They are the largest contributors, as a whole, to the daily peak late in each day when water heating, air conditioning and electric heating demands are the greatest. These units place the greatest demands for electricity during peak periods, yet they are the most easily managed.
By allowing your cooperative to control your electric water heater and your air conditioner or the cooling side of a heat pump, you are taking an active role in helping to maintain your current electric rate for as long as possible.
How does The Switch Team work?
A radio signal is sent from our main office to Communication Carrier Units (CCU's) in each of our substations. The CCU interprets the signal and sends the signal through the power lines from the substation to your home. The Switch receives the signal from the power line and is activated.
A typical peak alert averages three hours in length. Farmers’ Electric Cooperative averages about three peak alerts a month over a 12-month period.
Water heaters are usually controlled in a rotation scenario. For example: Group A and B may be turned off for one hour before being turned back on while Group C and D are rotated off for a period of time.
Air conditioners and heat pumps are controlled differently. The compressor is controlled 7 1/2 minutes in each 30-minute period. The Switch is attached to the unit's thermostat wire, which allows the fan to blow the cool air that is already in the house until the 7 1/2-minute time period has elapsed.
Farmers’ Electric does not control the heating side of heat pumps, furnaces or any other appliance in a Member's residence or business.