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Peak Buster Pays Members to Participate Cont’d from pg. 1


Peak Buster residential rebates are based on Kiwash Electric’s system-wide average kilowatt usage. Residential accounts with a 15kVa transformer or less receive $32.50 per month; accounts with a 25 kVa transformer qualify for $50 per month, and accounts with a 37.5 kVa transformer or larger qualify for $60 per month.


Commercial accounts that have been on Kiwash lines for at least a year are also encouraged to participate, however, rebate incentives will vary based on the account’s peak kwh usage and other factors.


Krueger pointed out that members who participate in Peak Buster are required to purchase and install the proper size generator for their home or business. Usage data from Kiwash Electric records is available to help members determine the correct size. Generators may operate on any fuel—propane, diesel or natural gas— but it is the member’s responsibility to maintain it. “A malfunctioning generator could result in a loss of power during a peak cycling period, so it pays to keep it in good running order,” reminds Krueger.


Kiwash Electric won’t re-energize a meter during a cycling period. If co- op personnel are called out to restore service to a Peak Buster account with a faulty, non-operating generator in place, normal service charges will be assessed.


Because the generator must control the entire metered load to be eligible for the program, all participating generators will


require an automatic transfer switch. “The transfer switch allows a home or business to disconnect entirely from the distribution grid and be powered by the generator,” he explained.


Kiwash Electric employees will perform field inspections of generators enrolled in the program by July 1 of each year. Members interested in participating in the program should contact Kiwash Electric. Inspections will begin in late December or early January of this year. The Peak Buster program begins on January 1, 2015 with credits available as early as your February 1 billing.


Members who appreciate receiving their monthly rebate as soon as possible should plan on installing their generator from December 1 through July 1. Members who install a generator after July 1, 2015, will not receive their monthly incentives until January 1, 2016 because the summer peak season is already well underway.


Kiwash Electric’s Peak Buster program mirrors similar programs taking place across the U.S. All strive for the same long-term goal—to curb the growing electricity demand, delay the need to build expensive new power plants, and keep prices affordable.


For more details on Kiwash Electric’s Peak Buster program and how you can participate, please call your co-op at 888-832-3362.


SIREN


SONG Old storm sirens find new purpose serving rural residents


Kiwash Electric Cooperative partnered with Custer County officials to re- purpose storm sirens that once served the city of Weatherford.


When Weatherford received new sirens, Custer County Commissioner Kent Hamburger asked that the old sirens be donated to the county to alert residents in outlying areas to approaching tornadoes.


The sirens, located northwest and south of Weatherford, are linked to the alert system in Weatherford and will sound at the same time as the city sirens.


Kiwash Electric provided the poles and manpower necessary to install the sirens, which became fully operable in August.


ENERGY EFFICIENCY Tip of the Month


Fall is here, and that means colder months will be here before we know it. Is your home pre- pared for the drafts that may enter? Tight-fitting insulating drapes or shades are a perfect way to keep the heat in and the cold out.


Source: Department of Energy


Kiwash Electric’ s B.J. Carter (in the bucket) and Johnny Jones install a storm siren that will serve rural residents northwest and south of Weatherford.


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