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Jul
31
2021
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"Peak shaving" means that if the village can "shave" energy from peak usage — between 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11 —  village electrical rates may go down next year. (Photo by Matt Minde)

"Peak shaving" means that if the village can "shave" energy from peak usage — between 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11 —  village electrical rates may go down next year. (Photo by Matt Minde)

Peak shaving? And I’ve got a beard…

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The Village’s head of the Electric Department, Johnnie Burns, has notified people via Yellow Springs Bulletin Board Facebook page that “the Village has been alerted by AMP, [the supplier of electricity for the village], of a potential peak shaving event [Thursday,] June 11th between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m. Residents are asked to minimize electric usage during these hours.”

Just what is peak shaving? It begs both snarky and serious answers. But the gist of it is, as Council member Lori Askeland explained in a post:

[Our electric] rates for next year will be determined based on the intensity of our usage during a few key hours on a few days this year. So, since tomorrow is scheduled to be a “peak usage” day based on the weather report, the electrical suppliers will be using it as a day to determine how much to charge us next year. If we can “shave” energy off our peak usage from 3-7 tomorrow, we pay less next year.

So if villagers minimize their electrical use by turning off air conditioners, lights, electric water kettles and espresso machines, forego washers, dryers and microwave ovens, and put computers into sleep mode (or turn them off altogether, perish the thought!), the Village’s decreased electrical use may lower next year’s overall rates charged by AMP Ohio.

Mr. Burns also writes that “advance notification of peak events are usually only a short period before the event. Please watch the Village website and the Facebook Bulletin Board” — as well as the Yellow Springs News website — for notifications.

Questions may be directed to the Village Offices at 767-3402, or by emailing rlillich@vil.yellowsprings.oh.us .

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