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Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative issues peak demand alert

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NORTH BALTIMORE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative issued a peak demand alert notice for all 12,974 of its commercial and residential members.  

"Due to extreme heat-index weather conditions, Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative has issued a peak demand alert. Because electric loads across Ohio are expected to remain high today and to last all week, we are asking our members to conserve electricity from 2 to 6 p.m. today in order to stabilize electric rates and control costs. Conditions may extend slightly beyond that timeframe based on conditions," said President and CEO George Walton.

Walton added that Hancock-Wood helps to offset peak demand remotely through control switches, but members can help by increasing thermostat settings by 3 to 5 degrees, turning off unnecessary lighting, and postponing work that uses extra electricity. For residential members, that can mean avoiding bathing, dishwashing, doing laundry or vacuuming during the afternoon. 

"We thank our members for their participation and want to emphasize there is no shortage of power supply; rather, Hancock-Wood strives to keep power usage down during peak times because it keeps our members' rates lower," explained Walton. 

A portion of what Hancock-Wood pays for electricity is determined by peak demand, so members' participation helps keep costs down and electric rates stable.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, established in April 1938. The co-op is owned by and serves members in portions of Hancock, Wood, Allen, Erie, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca and Wyandot counties. Throughout the cooperative's history, Hancock-Wood has delivered reliable, affordable services and supported local causes through charitable contributions, volunteerism and other activities to improve the quality of life within the communities it serves.

For more information, visit the Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative website or call 800-445-4840.

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