Beat the Peak
Vermont Electric Cooperative's voluntary Beat the Peak program encourages members to reduce energy usage during peak energy times. A peak event is when energy demand is at its highest. If VEC members can collectively "beat the peak," they help control rising costs that impact electric rates.
Like other electric distribution utilities, VEC must pay for the costs associated with purchasing and delivering energy to consumers. Transmission and capacity costs make up a large portion of VEC’s annual operating budget.
Transmission and capacity costs are based on times when energy consumption is at its highest. Transmission costs are based on an annual peak, and capacity costs are based on monthly peaks.
Energy peaks typically occur during the late afternoon/evening. When VEC predicts a potential peak, we ask members to turn off unnecessary lights and appliances and delay the use of major appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines, and clothes dryers. VEC alerts members of peak events three to four times a year.