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    Burlington Electric Issues Defeat the Peak Alert for Tuesday

    Encourages Community to Reduce Energy Usage from 6:00-8:00pm
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    Burlington, VT – The Burlington Electric Department today issued a peak day alert for Tuesday as part of its Defeat the Peak program (view news release here), encouraging members of the Burlington community to reduce their energy usage tomorrow from 6:00-8:00pm. Burlingtonians can lend a hand by taking the following steps on what is projected to be an unusually hot fall day:

    • Raise thermostat temperatures or turn off air conditioners after returning home from work and wait until after 8:00pm to return air conditioners to previous settings;
    • Wait until after 8:00pm or later to use washing machines, clothing dryers, dishwashers, and other appliances;
    • Turn off non-essential lights until 8:00pm and later; and
    • Delay other discretionary electric consumption until after 8:00pm.

    Leading by example, Burlington Electric will be reducing its energy usage tomorrow by turning off all non-essential lights and adjusting its air conditioning usage by raising the thermostat to 75 degrees at its Pine Street facility from 6:00-8:00pm.

    “We’re excited about our ‘Triple Bottom Line’ approach to defeating the peak here in Burlington,” stated Neale Lunderville, Burlington Electric Department General Manger. “What a terrific win-win-win when our community comes together to keep costs low, protect the environment, and provide immediate support to impactful community nonprofits. Defeat the Peak serves as another part our plan to make Burlington a net zero energy city.”  

    Two more traditional incentives for Burlingtonians who take peak day actions include: potential reductions in utility costs that help keep electric rates low and stable; and environmental benefits that come with reduced energy demand on the regional electric grid, which decreases the need for use of polluting oil and natural gas generators around New England. A more unique and innovative incentive recently introduced by Burlington Electric based on customer input is a community reward opportunity through which a local nonprofit – in this case Steps to End Domestic Violence – will benefit from a $1,000 contribution from Burlington Electric if our customers hit the targeted amount of load reduction on a peak day. 

    Kelly Dougherty, Executive Director of Steps to End Domestic Violence, said: “Our team at Steps to End Domestic Violence will be cheering on the Burlington community to defeat the peak tomorrow. Achieving this goal would  provide important support for our work to assist in the transition to a safe, independent life for individuals who have been affected by domestic abuse and to promote a culture that fosters justice, equity and safety.”  

    Burlington Electric today will notify customers by email blast about tomorrow’s peak day alert. Customers can sign up for these email notifications, view a video explainingDefeat the Peak, and learn more about the program by  Burlington Electric also will share tomorrow’s peak day alert with the community through social media channels, including[]Facebook and Twitter.  

    Burlington Electric’s first peak event was called for July 20 from 3:00-7:00pm and was targeted at reducing load at the time of the New England annual peak, which generally occurs during a summer afternoon. Tomorrow’s peak event, however, is targeted at reducing the September Vermont peak load, which generally occurs later in the day than the New England peak.

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