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The graph pictured depicts the actual daily usage of a Buckeye member and the relationship between recent weather and electricity consumption.

Extreme cold winter and high bills.... It's not just Buckeye Rural members, but all electric consumers around the state and region have seen some of their largest electric bills ever (including my own). But we've also seen one of the biggest periods of below freezing weather as well. It has been a very cold winter in Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative service territory, which has been a primary contributor to high bills this season. Based on many of the calls we've received, not all members realize just how much colder this winter has been. We hope you all find this information helpful in understanding why your bills may have gone up.

According to Weather Channel statistics, a typical January in Gallipolis has an average high temperature of 44° and an average low temperature of 25°.

In January 2018, however, Gallipolis had an average high of 40.6° and an average low of 18°. There were six days in January with single-digit temperatures and five days with sub-zero temperatures.

These temperatures weren't just lower than our average January temperatures—they were drastically lower than what we experienced last winter, which was unusually mild. Last winter, in January 2017, Gallipolis saw an average high temperature of 46.3° and an average low temperature of 31.1°.

So, while this winter's electric bills have likely been higher than a "normal" winter, they’re also probably much higher than your electric bills from last year’s warmer winter. If you want to have a further discussion regarding your bill or speak with our Energy Advisor, please call 740-379-2080 or email thru the Contact Us page at during normal business hours. Be sure to include your account number.

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Load Management & Peak Alert Explanation - Potential Impact to Future Wholesale Energy Costs

Load Management

There is not an inexhaustible supply of energy. Stewardship and conservation of our energy resources, including electric power, can help ensure that current and future demand can be met.

Buckeye REC, along with Ohio's other 23 co-ops, is part of a cooperative power generation system (Buckeye Power), from where wholesale electricity is purchased to be distributed and sold at retail rates to co-op members. Peak demand occurs when everyone is using large amounts of electricity at the same time. Higher peak demand increases wholesale power costs. This wholesale power cost, reflected on your bill as G&T (Generation and Transmission), makes up the majority of a member's monthly bill.

Load management is an important conservation tool, and it can be used to avoid peak demand penalties, thereby helping keep rates stable for members of Buckeye REC.

Load management takes two forms. System-wide, Buckeye REC monitors, maintains, and upgrades its electric distribution between substations and transformers. The co-op’s on-going construction work plan aims to upgrade conductor material and size, install devices to maintain voltage levels, and improve substation capacity and operation.

Peak Alerts

During periods of extreme low or high temperatures, Buckeye REC might issue Peak Alert Warnings via Facebook, local radio stations or other methods. A peak alert situation means the possibility exists due to high energy demand for the co-op’s electric provider to set system peak. High demand during critical temperature periods can tax the generation, transmission, and distribution system. To meet demand, the co-op’s wholesale supplier might have to go on the open market to purchase power. This can be very expensive and result in all Buckeye REC members paying more on their monthly bills.

When you hear about a Peak Alert Warning, please take steps to reduce your energy consumption by turning off unnecessary lighting, adjusting your thermostat, or refraining from types of energy intensive practices until the alert period has passed. Follow instructions associated with the Peak Alert Warnings to help control the amount of electricity being used on the Buckeye REC system. This will save all co-op members money in the long run.

Buckeye Rural is a not-for-profit, member owned electric cooperative. Our goal (and yours) is to keep costs, current and future, down so that all members may benefit. Your participation by reducing electrical loads during a Peak Alert is to the future benefit of everyone.
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Request for AM/morning load curtailment/peak alert which began at 7AM has ended for Thursday, January 18. Thanks to the members that do what they can to assist the cooperative. ... See MoreSee Less

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Winter Peak Alert!
Due to extremely cold temperatures this morning, a peak alert has been issued by Buckeye Power, our generating cooperative, with load control beginning around 7AM Thursday morning, January 18. Updates to follow. Please delay use of appliances (dishwashers, stoves/ovens, clothes washer and dryer, etc.) and turn your heat (if electric) down a few degrees until the load curtailment has ended. This will help you -- and all co-op members -- save! It really matters! Your help this week is appreciated by all members. We'll update when it's over. Please share. Thank you!
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