Providers issue peak energy alert for Monday afternoon

(ABC 6 News) – Several providers have issued a peak energy alert for Monday.

The alert, issued by Freeborn-Mower Cooperative SErvices, MiEnergy Cooperative, People’s Energy Cooperative and Heartland Power, is in effect from 5 to 8 p.m. due to "high demand on the regional electrical grid.

"Members enrolled in the Dual Fuel or Water Heater Energy Management Programs will be affected from approximately 4:50 to 11:00 p.m"

"Members can conserve electricity during this peak alert period by setting their heat to at least 68o, lower if no one is home; wearing layers of clothing; running the dishwasher or doing laundry later in the evening; using a microwave instead of the oven to cook; and refrain from turning on televisions or gaming systems. Each seemingly small action can collectively make a big difference in the demand made on the electric grid."