Working side-by-side with our member-owner distribution electric cooperatives, ODEC takes a multi-pronged approach to energy innovation promoting the wise use of energy through conservation, efficiency, and demand response. Through these initiatives, ODEC’s 11 member-owned electric cooperatives have been leaders of energy innovation for more than a quarter of a century, saving millions of dollars and thousands of megawatts in the process.
Conservation requires a change in an individual’s behavior to reduce their energy consumption and save money. This may mean making do with less, making slight concessions or changing lifestyle in some manner. Examples include turning off lights, adjusting the thermostat, and unplugging phantom load like cell phone chargers and game consoles. ODEC and its member-owner cooperatives provide an array of educational tools to inform the member-owner consumers about actions they can take to reduce their consumption, including informational articles in The Cooperative Living magazine, educational brochures offering energy-saving tips, and an on-line energy calculator, HomeEnergySuite™. All the educational materials mentioned above can be found at ee.odec.com
Energy efficiency is achieved by adopting or deploying a more efficient technology or production process. This use of technology results in reducing energy use without having to remember to do it! For instance, this includes replacing incandescent bulbs with LED and CFL bulbs, purchasing EnergyStar appliances (and removing the older, inefficient ones!), correcting air sealing issues and adding insulation. Incentives to purchase these efficient bulbs are offered to all the ODEC member-owners on an on-going basis. And our cooperatives conduct energy audits upon request to help identify improvements to help reduce consumption.
Additional information on energy efficiency improvements is available at ee.odec.com.
ODEC’s member cooperatives have been utilizing demand side programs for over three decades. This is accomplished through interruptible rates, direct load control of water heaters and air conditioners, and voltage reduction.
In addition, our member-owner consumers have embraced their role in helping to save costs by participating in voluntary load reduction programs. Known by many as “Beat-the-Peak,” the members take control of power costs by reducing consumption during peak periods when electricity is least available and most expensive.
Through these efforts, ODEC has over 200 MWs in demand reduction. ODEC and its member-owner cooperatives continue to examine new opportunities as well as enhancing those already in place to achieve additional savings.