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  • When Is Missouri’s Electric Grid at Peak Use?

    Missouri’s infamous weather can change drastically in a single day, so our Missouri Electric Cooperative Member-Owners know brutal heat waves and bitter cold equally well. Our weather may be unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean that your electricity consumption is. In fact, our Member-Owners use power in a pretty predictable way.

    Summer and winter are the two seasons of the year that put the most demand on Missouri’s electric grid, but certain times of the day during the spring and fall also bring increased demand. Keep reading to learn more about your peak times for power usage, and about how your Cooperative’s diverse portfolio of generation and transmission assets work together to keep your power on all year long.

    Missouri summers aren’t just hot: they’re also humid. Running your air conditioner helps keep your family safe from extreme temperatures, and it also helps reduce mold and mildew by reducing the humidity in the air.

    Not surprisingly, summer is one of the hardest seasons of the year on Missouri’s electrical grid (and on your pocketbook). Our Member-Owners hit peak load between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. and again from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. during the summer months.

    Learn more: Energy Saving Tips for Summer

    At the highest points during those peak hours, Missourians use nearly 3,000 kWh at a time from the grid — that’s nearly twice as much power as we use during our slowest times of the year (overnight in the Spring).

    (Tip: Your power bills will reflect the amount of power you use, so expect your bill to be nearly twice as high during the hottest months of the year as it is in the mildest.)

    Winters in Missouri can be very cold, and daylight hours are limited. From 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. and again from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., your family is among thousands of other families across the state who are using more power than at any other time of day. That’s when Missouri’s grid hits its wintertime peak load, and it’s the second time of year when your bills are likely to be high. 

    Learn more: Six Ways to Save Money on Your Home Heating Bill This Winter

    This “double humped” peak (morning and night) occurs before sunrise and after sunset, when the sun isn’t there to warm your home or business. Peak usage in summer and winter is comparable, hovering at around 2,900 kWh on average.

    (Tip: You can ease the burden of that power use on your electric bills by budgeting in the milder months for higher bills in summer and winter.) 

    Spring and Fall
    Spring and Fall are kinder in Missouri than summer or winter are: temperatures are milder and humidity is lower. Families who live in well-insulated, efficient homes might even be able to leave the heater and air conditioner off for much of the spring and fall.

    Peak load in the spring is much lower than peak load in the summer and winter, averaging at about 1,900 kWh. In fall, peak is only slight higher, at around 2,000 kWh. Peak spring hours are from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. and again from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Peak fall hours come just once each day, from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.

    Energy Diversity to Meet Peak Load
    Our primary goal as your Cooperative is to make sure that you have access to safe, reliable, affordable power. If we can’t meet your demand when you hit your peak load each season, then your power can go out, leaving your family uncomfortably hot in the summer or dangerously cold during the winter.

    To make sure that doesn’t happen, we rely on a variety of energy sources in our power generation mix. We use renewables like solar and wind alongside baseload resources like coal and natural gas. We call this approach an “all-of-the-above” generation mix: we use all of the above energy sources to give you reliable electric.

    Keep learning more about how your Cooperatives generate the electricity that powers your home or business. Come back to the blog for tips on budgeting for those extra-expensive electric bills in the heat of summer and the coldest parts of winter.

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  • Missouri Member-Owners’ Peak Load

    Your Missouri Electric Cooperatives work every day to provide you with affordable, reliable electric power. To do that, we embrace a diverse power supply that includes coal, natural gas, wind, solar, and hydroelectric power.

    Nearly 70% of your Cooperative’s energy comes from baseload resources like coal and gas, but Missouri’s Electric Cooperatives rely on clean energy sources, too. In fact, it’s that diversity of baseload and clean energy sources that makes it possible for us to provide you with the safe, reliable, and affordable energy you’ve come to expect from us.

    You see, when we talk about how solar, wind, and hydroelectric power help diversify our power supply, we can’t ignore the fact that the energy from a solar array or wind turbine doesn’t coincide with the times of the day when you, our Member-Owners, need the most electricity.

    The times of the day when you use the most electricity are called your peak load. Across the state, our Member-Owners are “on peak” during the hottest and coldest summer and winter months at the hours of the day when your families are home from school and work.

    Summer Peak Load
    Missouri’s peak summer load occurs during the hottest months of the year: June, July, and August. During those months, Missourians are “on peak” from about 2:00 p.m. through around 10:00 p.m. These are the hottest hours of the day during the hottest months of the year, so it’s not surprising that you and your family are among thousands of Member-Owners who crank up the A/C (and use a lot of electricity) to stay cool.

    Winter Peak Load
    Missouri’s peak winter load comes during the coldest months of the year: December, January, and February. Each day, Missouri Member-Owners like you reach your peak electric usage early in the morning and late in the evening. Specifically, Missouri is “on peak” in the winter from about 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and again from about 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    Your Missouri Electric Cooperatives know that reliable, affordable energy — especially on the hottest summer afternoons and the coldest winter mornings and nights — is your highest priority. But we also know that there’s value in renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and hydroelectric power.

    Understanding peak load helps your Missouri Electric Cooperatives to see exactly where renewables like wind and solar can — and can’t — help meet Missouri’s greatest need for electric power.

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