When it’s cold outside, people use a lot of energy to stay warm.
Every winter for the last few years, Basin Electric’s membership has surpassed its billing peak from the previous year. It seems this winter is no different.
With that cold snap in December, Dawn Hauck, Basin Electric near-term load forecasting and scheduling coordinator, says that Basin Electric’s membership has likely reached a new all-time billing peak.
Whether this week’s cold surpasses December’s cold has yet to be seen.
The previous winter and all-time billing peak of 2,421 megawatts was set in December 2008. In calculating the anticipated new peak, Hauck said the previous all-time billing peak was adjusted to reflect the new power sale obligations to Corn Belt Power Cooperative, which began in September.
Exact numbers won’t be known until the end of January when billing is complete.
What’s one way to keep heat in your home? Watch the video below.