To ensure we can meet your business’ demand needs, we will either charge your highest demand during the billing period or a minimum demand based on historical information from your last 12 months of usage.
Your billing demand charge is based on the highest of the 3 following numbers:
- Current Use – You are charged for 100% of your highest demand at any time from your current billing period
- Off-Peak – You are charged only 75% of your highest off-peak demand 8pm to 8am (and most holidays and weekends). If your highest off-peak demand was 1,000 kW, then your charge would only be for 750 kW *
- Peak Month – You are charged 75% of your highest billing demand used anytime during June-August and December-February for the last 11 months before your last billing period. If your highest demand during the peak months was 1,000 kW, then your charge would be for 750 kW, instead of any amount used during your current billing period lower than 750 kW.
* In order to be charged by off-peak demand, you must have an off-peak meter. If you do not have an off-peak meter and would like to learn if you could save money by using one, call our business call center at 1-800-253-5801. You can pay $20 a month for a year to see if you could save.
How can you decrease your demand?
One way to reduce your demand while maintaining your energy consumption needs is to spread out your usage throughout the day. Review your business processes and determine if you can perform high energy consuming tasks at different times of the day. Perhaps you can run some equipment in the morning and other equipment in the afternoon instead of all equipment in the morning. You may be able to align your business processes to balance and reduce your demand which will save you money.
Our energy and money saving programs and tools can help you decrease your entire electric consumption and demand too.
Since your demand can be based on historical electricity usage, you may not be able to reduce your demand immediately. You can impact future bills by reducing your demand each month.