January 17 Subzero Temperatures Result in Usage Peak

Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative reports that on the morning of January 17, 2018, a new peak level of electricity usage was set by HOEC members. Members may recall that the cooperative’s last peak was set on the morning of January 2, 2018.

During the past several days, The National Weather Service has reported temperatures as low as the negative digits.

Setting a new peak demand for power simply means that cooperative members at Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative used a higher level of power than ever before. It does not mean that power was in danger of being in short supply or not available. Winter Peaks are typically set between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. as members prepare for their work and school day by showering, preparing breakfast, using more heat, etc.

“We have certainly seen extraordinarily low temperatures during the past few days that we haven’t seen in quite some time. Again, it’s important to remind members that setting a new peak doesn’t mean that power was in danger of being in short supply or not available. Our mission here at the cooperative is to provide you, our members with safe and reliable power, and we look forward to continuing that mission", said Myles Smith, Manager of Member Services at HOEC. "As always, we want our members to be safe during these extremely low temperatures.”

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