Extreme temperatures create an increased demand for electricity, especially during the evening when people typically return home from work, turn up the air conditioner, and run dishwashers and other appliances. Reducing energy use during these times alleviates stress on the grid and PGE equipment, helping the company continue to provide reliable power to customers throughout the day.
As you can see in the charts below, when we asked customers to reduce their energy consumption, they showed up and made a big difference – reducing power demand by approximately 90 megawatts on Monday, Aug. 14 and 96 megawatts on Tuesday, Aug. 15!
Just over 20 percent of PGE residential customers are enrolled in one of PGE’s energy shifting programs – Peak Time Rebates, Smart Thermostat, and Time of Day. But clearly more than that are conserving energy when the call goes out to reduce use.
As the Pacific Northwest continues to see recording-breaking summer and winter weather, we encourage you to enroll, if you haven’t already, and get rewarded for reducing energy use during times of high demand.
And, while our customers were doing their part…
At PGE we were working diligently on several fronts to address or prevent potential heat related issues and lower demand, including:
Adding extra cooling systems to help keep essential distribution equipment from overheating.
Assigning extra crews for the week to make sure we can quickly and effectively respond to any outages.
Activating Peak Time Events for our Peak Time Rebate and Smart Thermostat program participants.
Encouraging commercial and industrial customers to reduce electricity use.