Peak alerts are not a notice of a power shortage. They are simply a load-management effort used to reduce the demand for electricity and keep members' cost of power as low as possible. By keeping high electrical demand levels to a minimum, cooperative members reap the benefit, in the form of a lower cost of power.

Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, serving a portion of the Lake of the Ozarks region, is calling for a peak alert from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 22 as high temperatures put a higher demand on the system. 

Peak alerts are not a notice of a power shortage. They are simply a load-management effort used to reduce the demand for electricity and keep members’ cost of power as low as possible. By keeping high electrical demand levels to a minimum, cooperative members reap the benefit, in the form of a lower cost of power.

Peak alert announcements are one method Co-Mo uses to inform its members that electric load levels are high. Peak alert times are temperature dependent. As the temperature gets very hot or cold, the likelihood for a peak alert increases.

Ken Johnson, general manager/CEO of Co-Mo Electric said members should do things such as raise their thermostat three to five degrees in the summer to help curve the demand for electricity.

“Anything that you can do to help limit the use of electricity during these periods is very helpful,” he said. “By working together, we can lower the demand for electric power. This teamwork is a win-win for the membership and the cooperative as the Cooperative consistently works towards the goal of keeping the cost of power as low as possible.”

Cooperative members can also take efforts to reduce their energy use by making energy-efficiency improvements to their homes. A list of free and low-cost tips can be found at Co-Mo’s website, www.co-mo.coop. Co-Mo’s energy-efficiency website, TogetherWeSave.com, offers a virtual home tour that allows members to calculate their savings based on Co-Mo’s rates.

“It’s a win-win situation,” said Co-Mo Energy Service Advisor Tom Hulse. “Members can lower their electric bill and, in turn, we can lower the demand on our system.”