Peak Alert issued Friday

(ABC 6 News) – Due to high demand on the regional electrical grid, cooperative members are urged to reduce usage as they are able

Members enrolled in the Dual Fuel Energy Management Program will be affected from approximately 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and there is the potential for another event from approximately 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Freeborn-Mower Electric Cooperative (Albert Lea), MiEnergy Cooperative (Rushford), People’s Energy Cooperative (Oronoco), and Heartland Power Cooperative (St. Ansgar) are issuing a peak energy alert Friday, December 23 beginning at approximately 7:00 a.m.

Members can conserve electricity during this peak alert period by setting their heating systems to at least 68o, lower if no one is home; running the dishwasher or doing laundry later in the evening; using a microwave instead of the oven to cook; and refraining 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.