Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Westar Energy wants 1,000 customers to try a new program that gives reduced rates to participants who shift electricity use to off-peak periods.
The utility company says the "Time of Use" pilot program would save customers money and help manage the demand on the electric system.
"It's not a rate that you can just get on and save money. It takes active participation from customers. You have to be able to move some workload around as far as what they do in the house to be able to take advantage of the rates," said Hal Jensen, director of customer programs and services for Westar Energy.
During the summer, peak energy use times are weekdays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Intermediate-peak times are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Off-peak times are weekdays between 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. and include weekends and holidays.
Under the pilot program, the cost for energy during the on-peak period would be about 13.5 cents per kilowatt hour, and 9 cents per kilowatt hour for the intermediate-peak period.
Under the pilot program, using energy during off-peak times would cost about 5.5 cents per kilowatt hour. The average cost for non-participants of the program is about 9 cents per kilowatt hour.
The hours and costs would change during the winter period, which includes October through May. Peak times are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and energy costs are about 8 cents per kilowatt hour. Off-peak times are weekdays from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m., including weekends and holidays. The off-peak cost is about 5 cents per kilowatt hour.
The three-year pilot program is restricted to 1,000 customers per year. Each participant is required to stay in the program for at least one year.
To request a packet of information about the program, call toll free 1-855-782-7663.
For information on other Westar energy efficiency programs, click here.