Load Management

Control Status

 

Off Peak Program

Off Peak Program

The electric heat is metered separately, and it has a load management device hooked to it that we refer to as a ripple control. The ripple control will shut the electric heat off over peak periods. The total control will shut the electric heat off up to a range of 500 to 700 hours per heating season. You need to have a backup heating system to heat your home over these control periods. The type of backup system is left up to the homeowner. If you travel or are gone from home a lot in the winter we recommend you have a backup system that is fully automatic to prevent your house from freezing up in the event that a control period takes place when you are away from home.  Because of this, wood heat is not considered an adequate backup.

Backup System

There are several types of backup systems. You can install a fossil fuel backup type heating system such as propane, or a fuel oil furnace. Another very popular type of backup system is a storage system. Instead of having to install two heating systems, you can use storage heaters, a storage furnace, or slab storage. For more information on the different types of heating systems please give us a call or stop by our office.

If you plan on installing off-peak heat, Clearwater-Polk will provide the ripple receiver, the heat meter and the heat meter socket at no cost. After that, there is a $2.50 monthly charge per extra meter.

The system will need to be inspected once installation is complete in order to receive the off-peak rate.

 

Control Guide

WINTER ONLY LOADS

Short Term Interruptible Loads
Capable of interruption of 4 continuous hours at a time and up to 8 hours per day.
Load Group 1.01 Load Group 1.02
D.O. 11-14 = Water heaters (closed to additional loads)

D.O. 11-14, 17-20 = Water heaters
D.O. 15-16 = Electric Space Heating
D.O. 24      = Indirectly controlled loads 

Medium Term Interruptible Loads
Capable of interruption of up to 12 or 16 continuous hours.
Load Group 2.01
D.O.   9-14 = Slab storage heat (up to 16 continuous hrs. of interruption per day)
D.O. 15-16 = Miscellaneous heating (up to 16 continuous hrs. of interruption per day)
D.O. 17-18 = Thermal storage heat (up to 12 continuous hrs. of interruption per day)
D.O. 21      = Thermal storage heat (up to 12 continuous hrs. of interruption per day)
Long Term Interruptible Loads
Capable of interruption for extended periods of time.
Load Group 3.01 Load Group 3.06 - Commercial Load Group 3.09
D.O.   9-16 = Dual heating loads (closed to additional loads)
D.O. 17-18 = Miscellaneous heating loads (closed to additional loads)
D.O. 19-22 = Dual heating loads (closed to additional loads)
D.O.   9      = Interruptible alert
D.O. 10      = Industrial loads
D.O. 11      = Commercial loads (closed to additional loads)
D.O. 12-14 = Commercial loads
D.O.   9-12 = Dual heating loads
D.O. 17-18 = Miscellaneous heating loads

WINTER & SUMMER LOADS

Meduim Term Interruptible Loads
Capable of interruption of up to 12 or 16 continuous hours per day during the winter season and up to 20 continuous hours per day during the summer season.
Load Group 2.02
D.O. 12-13 = Miscellaneous loads
D.O. 19-20 = Large capacity water heaters
D.O. 24      = Indirectly controlled loads
Long Term Interruptible Loads
Capable of interruption for extended periods of time.
Load Group 3.07
D.O. 10-11 = Directly controlled generators
D.O. 23      = Indirectly controlled generators

 

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