Cass County Electric Cooperative's demand response program is designed to reduce your energy use and save you money during times of peak energy demand. Check out the categories below to learn about how your home or business may qualify for the program. To inquire about these programs, please contact our Energy Management Team at 701.356.4400 or 1.800.248.3292 or email us email@example.com
ELECTRIC HEATING SYSTEMS
- Electric forced air, plenum heater, boiler, heat pump, baseboard, cove heat, slab heat, and ceiling heat.
- Capable of interruption for extended periods of time.
- All living spaces must have an adequate and automatic non-electric backup (see Backup Heating Systems section below).
- One thermostat system is recommended.
- Shop/garage heat is not required to have a backup, though we strongly recommend it.
- Non-qualifying off-peak loads include clothes dryers, dishwashers, hot tubs, pool heaters, room air conditioners, and warm tiles.
- The cooperative provides the meter socket, CTs, and ripple control.
BACKUP HEATING SYSTEMS
- Must be able to maintain 65° F temperature throughout the home or business.
- Must be thermostatically controlled. Nonautomated backups such as wood, corn, kerosene, used oil, outdoor wood stoves, etc. are not considered an adequate backup system.
- Natural gas, fuel oil, or propane forced air or boiler systems are the most common backup heating systems.
- A single gas fireplace or electric room thermal storage heater cannot be used as the only backup.
- The off-peak meter will not be set in homes that do not have an adequate back-up system.
MAIN PANEL ELECTRIC HEAT
- Main panel electric heat and off-peak electric heat cannot serve the same space (with exception). Up to 2kW of electric heat is allowed in the main panel. Example: bathroom heater, warm tile floor heat, etc.
- Plug-in heaters are not allowed as a backup heating source.
- Must have 4”-6” of sand to qualify for a discounted rate.
- Should be sized for 16+ hours/day of load control.
- Call 701-356-4400 for sizing questions.
- Use floor-sensing thermostats vs. air thermostats for hydronic and cable heat.
- Cycled air conditioning on an off-peak meter is 6.8 cents per kWh + Purchased Power Adjustment (Jun.-Sept.).
- Cycled air conditioning on the main meter receives a $7 monthly credit (Jun.-Aug.).
- Controlled 25 minutes off/25 minutes during peak conditions in the summer.
- Applies to central air conditioners only.
- Air source heat pumps must be in the off-peak circuit and controlled.
- We do not require the cooling side of a heat pump to be controlled, though the heat must be controlled.
- The cooling side is controlled 25 minutes off/25 minutes on during peak conditions in the summer (Jun.-Sept.).
- We recommend the mini-split heat pump be in the off-peak panel and controlled to receive the lower off-peak rate. If the mini-split heat pump is under two tons, it can be in the main panel and uncontrolled. Please call our Energy Management Department with questions.
WATER HEATING AND CIRCULATING PUMPS
These pumps are installed to ensure there is hot water immediately available. Depending on how they are configured, the impact on electric consumption will vary. Water heaters on off-peak cannot be used with circulating pumps unless the pump is also tied to the ripple control.
Size: <100 Gallons
- Up to 4 hours at a time
- Up to twice/day,
- No summer control
- On off-peak meter: First 400 kWh at 6.8 cents
- On Main meter: $6.50/month credit
(Minimum use of 300 kWh)
Size: >100 Gallons
- Cycled from 7 am to 12 pm daily Nov.-Apr.
- Cycled from 5 pm to 11 pm daily Nov.-Apr.
- Possible summer control
- On off-peak meter: First 400 kWh at 5.1 cents
- On Main meter: $13/month credit
*All rates subject to Purchased Power Adjustment
Water heaters on off-peak cannot be used with circulating pumps unless the pump is tied to the ripple control.