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Load Management

 

Load Shed: Wednesday, September 20 - Medina EC will implement load shed at 3:15 p.m. Power will be restored by 6 p.m.
 

 

 

IMPORTANT: Changes to Load Management Program Effective 6/21

Load management is initiated when the Electric Reliability Council of Texas may experience a peak in the consumption of power, and the program is designed to reduce wholesale power costs. ERCOT’s electric load, the rate of load change and weather trends are used to decide when load control will be implemented. Historically, participating members have experienced load control June through September, Monday-Friday, between 3-6 p.m.

Cooperative staff observed significant changes in the ERCOT market the week of June 12. As a result, effective on Wednesday, June 21, at 3 p.m.: Medina Electric must expand the load control timeframe to include weekends (Saturday and/or Sunday) and may restore power after 6 p.m.

We apologize for the short notice. However, as of Monday, June 19, ERCOT is forecasting a June system peak on Thursday, June 22, and it is crucial that the change happen immediately. LM participants are being notified of the change by the method they elected for LM notifications (text or call), through a letter, by placing information on our website, and through our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Medina EC will continue to notify you by the method you elected (text message or phone call) with the start time of LM. During LM events, staff monitors the market and will restore power early if we are able to, based on market conditions. Please note: Because of how quickly conditions can change, it is possible that load could be shed with little or no notice. This would happen rarely, but it is a possibility. If the cooperative does not shed load when the ERCOT market peaks, it negates the cost savings we are able to offer irrigators in the program. If the program does not continue to save the cooperative money, we cannot pass savings on to the irrigators, and the future of the program could then be in jeopardy. These are all reasons the cooperative has decided to immediately make changes to the load management program.

If you would like to change the notification option you have used in the past or need to update your phone number, please click the red button above and submit your preferred method of notification.

 

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Approximately 75% of irrigation members participate in the load management program. This program is designed and closely controlled to reduce the peak use when power is the most expensive. A portion of these savings are passed on to irrigation members who are enrolled prior to April 1, by reducing the horsepower cost by $1.00/hp per month. To learn more about the background of this program, click here.

 

Facts about Load Management

  • Program is only available for meters serving irrigation pumps.
  • Member must sign a contract to get reduced horsepower cost from $2.35/hp to $1.35/hp.
  • Member must sign and deliver agreement to any Medina EC district office on or before April 1. If a member terminates the agreement, the reduction of $1.00/hp/month must be paid back to Medina EC.
  • System peak is directly related to the temperature and weather patterns, which vary year to year. Typically, load management starts on the first business day of June and ends on the last business day of September.
  • Members are controlled not more than three hours at a time and not more than once per calendar day.
  • You can call 830-741-7390 for the most current load management information.

Members interested in signing up for load management can request an agreement at any of our offices or call 1-866-MEC-ELEC (632-3532).

 

Load Management Logs

Load management logs for the past three years can be viewed here. If you would like to see load management logs for previous years, please contact our offices.

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