the Capital on 07/25/11 wrote:Business: BGE reviewing PeakRewards program
The Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. officials said yesterday the utility is reviewing its PeakRewards program, which was activated during the record-breaking heat Friday, causing some customers’ homes to reach 90 degrees.
The 106-degree temperatures and a transformer problem triggered the first “emergency event” in four years for the energy-saving program, which allows the utility to turn off participants’ heating and air conditioning units when demand is at its highest. In exchange, participants save $50 to $100 per year.
BGE announced yesterday that the six-hour event Friday reduced peak energy demand by more than 600 megawatts — equivalent to a medium-sized power plant — and helped avoid brownouts and rolling blackouts.
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