CCEC’s board of directors recently approved a time-of-day rate after a 2-year pilot project. Participants in the program receive on-peak and off-peak pricing for energy consumed during different hours of the day.

As a Cass County Electric Cooperative (CCEC) member, you know how to make smart energy choices that help you save money. But did you know that when you use electricity can be just as important as how much you use?

Throughout the day energy use fluctuates based on consumer demand. On CCEC’s system, most households use more electricity in the morning when people are getting ready for their day, and in the evenings when people return from work. The hours when people in our community are using more electricity simultaneously are called “peak” hours. The cost for CCEC to provide power is higher because of the additional demand for electricity. Participants will receive on-peak and off-peak pricing for energy consumed during different hours of the day.

By shifting some of your energy use to hours when demand is lower, also known as off-peak hours, you can help keep rates low for you and your fellow members. There are many ways to save energy and money by making minor adjustments to your daily routine. Ideal candidates currently do not participate in our off-peak program. Contact member accounts at 701-356-4400 if you have questions about the program.

Here are a few easy ways you can shift energy use to off-peak hours:

  • Install a programmable thermostat. Lower the thermostat a few degrees during peak hours during the winter months, and raise it in the summer months.

  • Consider installing a water heater timer and set it to heat during the off-peak hours.

  • Wash full loads of clothes in cold water during off-peak hours.

  • Run the dishwasher right before you go to bed, or air-dry dishes by opening the dishwasher instead of using the heated dry cycle.

  • Turn off lights and electronics when not in use. (Try to make this a daily habit, whether during peak or off-peak hours.)

Pricing Details

  • On-peak - Monday-Friday 6-9 AM and 4-8 PM at $.222 per kWh

  • Off-peak - All other hours at $.052/kWh

  • The current electric rate is $.089/kWh

  • Saturdays, Sundays, and the following holidays will be considered off-peak: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Washington’s Birthday (Presidents’ Day), Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas. In the event that the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the exempt date will be observed on Friday or Monday.