Off-Peak Electric Heating

What is off-peak electric heat?

Off-peak is a term used to identify a heating system that uses electricity as its primary heat source. When Roseau Electric Cooperative’s system reaches a high demand “peaking” condition, the electric heat is automatically turned off, and an alternate heating source such as fuel oil or propane is activated by a ripple receiver to keep your home warm. Our rate for off-peak electric heat is considerably less than for straight electric heat.

What are the benefits of off-peak electric heating?

Electric heat has always been the safest, cleanest and most efficient home heating energy source – and it will stay that way. With many heating options and products to choose from, you can put the heat where you need it.

When the electric heat is turned off and your system is switched to your backup heat, Roseau Electric Cooperative avoids paying peak demand charges for that electricity. These savings are passed along to off-peak members with a low off-peak heating rate. Roseau Electric Cooperative’s off-peak heating rate is nearly 50% less than the standard electric rate. This rate is very competitive with petroleum fuels used for heating.

How do I get off-peak electric heat in my home?

An electrician or the homeowner does the actual installation of your system. Roseau Electric Cooperative provides the off-peak meter and the ripple receiver.

When your system is finished and ready for the off-peak meter, you or your contractor can call us and ask for the Member Services Department. We will install the off-peak meter and test your ripple receiver to be sure it is operating properly.

There are many options available for your off-peak heating installation. Roseau Electric Cooperative’s main requirement is a reliable backup system to take over when the electric heat is shut off.

Who else has off-peak electric heat?

More than 3,000 of our customers have off-peak heat in their homes, shops or businesses. More than 50% of our customers with an automatic backup system enjoy the benefits of not knowing that they are being controlled and also receiving the off-peak rate.

How does it work?

An energy management computer at Minnkota Power Cooperative’s Grand Forks headquarters is the brains of the system. It tracks the demand peaks, records when the peak times occur and helps the control center operators determine the need for load control. When control is needed, the computer sends the control message via the power line. This signal is read by individually programmed ripple or load control receivers at your home, farm or business.