Choptank Electric Cooperative

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The Delaware Electric Cooperative and the Choptank Electric Cooperative are asking their members to once again lower their energy use from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. this afternoon.

Energy use is expected to peak at that time bringing premium prices of can be up to $1 a kilowatt-hour.

It is suggested that members turnoff all unnecessary lights and appliances as well as delay any major use of appliances.  

In addition, raising the thermostat a few degrees is recommended.

Don Rush

The Delaware Electric Cooperative and the Choptank Electric Cooperative are urging members to voluntarily reduce their energy consumption between 3 and 6 this afternoon.

With the high temperatures the utilities want people to turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances during that time.

In addition, they are recommending that members adjust their thermostats a few degrees higher during that time.

The utilities say this will reduce the cost of electricity since during these high use periods the price of electricity goes up substantially.

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It’s hot out there with the heat index rising above 100 degrees.

And Delmarva has begun to open up some cooling stations for those trying to seek relief.

In Wicomico County there is the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center that will be open today and tomorrow up until 8 p.m., although no pets are allowed and those seeking shelter must provide their own food and medications.

The MAC Senior Center will also be open for those over 50 with extended hours of 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Shore Transit will provide transportation for those who need it.

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It was a bird’s nest that caused all the trouble on Saturday night when hundreds of Wicomico County residents lost power.

The Choptank Electric Cooperative says it was able to get the number of affected customers down to 500 out of 11-thouand members by late Saturday afternoon.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the nest was found at Walston Switch substation located near Route 50 on the eastside of Salisbury.

A traffic signal at Walston Switch went out forcing Maryland State Police to take care of traffic.

Don Rush

Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative want their customers to voluntarily limit energy use between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

With the temperatures expected to be in the lower 80’s, the co-ops say that they expect electrical usage will peak during those hours.

And they expect to be buying extra power from the market at a premium price.

During peak demand the co-ops can pay up to a $1 per kilowatt-hour which is passed on to the customer.

So, they want consumers to turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances.

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Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative are asking their members to conserve energy between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. today.

The co-ops say due to higher than usual temperatures they expect greater than normal usage which will force them to pay premium prices on the open market.

They said this can be as much as $1 per kilowatt-hour which is passed onto the consumer.  

They are advising customers to delay the use of major appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers.

Don Rush

The Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative are asking their customers to voluntarily limit power usage between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 pm. today.

With temperatures heading into the mid 90’s the power companies say that they expect to be buying extra power from the market at a premium price.

That means that customers are being asked to turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances.

In addition, they should delay major appliance usage such as dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers as well as hot water usage.