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Load Management Programs

Save with Load Management

Load management is an approach by which the peak demand of electric energy can be curtailed to allow better use of existing generating capacity. Lowering the peak benefits all members by reducing our wholesale power cost. These savings are passed along to participating members through special incentive rates. New systems may also be eligible for installation rebates.
 

Electric Thermal Storage (Off-Peak)

Electric thermal storage (ETS) heating systems use off-peak energy by storing enough heat during the night, when demand for energy is low, to heat the home throughout the day. The classic law of supply and demand applied to electric utilities results in much lower electric rates during the night, and we pass this savings on to our members through a special off-peak rate.

The off-peak rate is presently 5.3¢ per kilowatt-hour, which is less than the general service rate of 10¢ per kilowatt-hour.

Although the original purchase price of ETS home heating systems may be higher than many conventional heating systems, ETS produces substantial savings due to lower energy and maintenance costs over the life of the equipment.

A variety of common systems include underfoor electric heating cable or hydronic tubing, individual room units, and central storage forced-air or hydronic furnaces.

Related resources:

Steffes Heating Systems

Itasca-Mantrap Storage Space Heating Rebate
 

High Efficiency Storage Water Heating

The Electric Thermal Storage (ETS) water heating program encourages energy and water conservation. This program conserves energy by heating water during off-peak hours when electric costs are their lowest, typically from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. The water heater stores enough hot water during that time to provide for your household for the remainder of the day.

Members who participate in the storage water heating program receive a reduced rate of $0.053 per killowatt-hours (kWh) used by the water heater.

Please remember all households have differing hot water needs, so you must size your water heater according to your specific needs.

ETS control water heating - separately metered
  • Minimum 100 gallon electric water heater
  • $600* rebate
  • Contractor installs separate panel wired to separate meter
  • $0.053 per kWh - year round
  • 16 hours of control per day

*Combined capacity includes a combination of more than one water heater or the addition of a mixing valve to a large capacity water heater. Verify application with us before installation.

ETS control water heating - general service
  • Minimum 100 gallon electric water heater
  • $600* rebate
  • $0.12 per kWh June through August, $0.10 per kWh other months
  • 16 hours of control per day
  • $5 credit per month applied to account
  • Home must use 400 kWh per month to qualify for credit

*Combined capacity includes a combination of more than one water heater or the addition of a mixing valve to a large capacity water heater. Verify application with us before installation.

Itasca-Mantrap Storage Water Heating Rebate
 

Peak Shave Water Heating

The Peak Shave water heating program is designed to reduce demand on the electrical system on days of high demand and high wholesale energy prices ultimately helping to keep energy rates low. Water heaters enrolled on this program can be controlled for up to 8 hours on peak days. Water heaters must have sufficient storage capacity to supply hot water over a peak period.

Members who participate in the peak shave water heating program receive a reduced rate of $0.068 per kWh used by the water heater.

Please remember all households have differing hot water needs, so you must size your water heater according to your specific needs.

Peak Shave water heating - separately metered
  • Minimum 50 gallon electric water heater
  • $300* rebate
  • $0.068 per kWh - year round
  • Up to 8 hour control during peak periods
  • Contractor installs separate panel wired to separate meter

*Installed water heaters must have an energy factor of .90 or higher and have a combined capacity of at least 50 gallons to qualify.

Peak Shave water heating - general service
  • Minimum 50 gallon electric water heater
  • $300* rebate
  • $0.12 per kWh June through August, $0.10 per kWh other months
  • Up to 8 hour control during peak periods
  • $3 credit per month applied to account
  • Home must use 400 kWh per month to qualify for credit

*Installed water heaters must have an energy factor of .90 or higher and have a combined capacity of at least 50 gallons to qualify.

Itasca-Mantrap Peak Shave Water Heating Rebate

 

Dual Fuel

Dual fuel is a program that uses electric heat as the primary heating source and a fully-automated, thermostatically controlled backup heating source during peak demand periods. The energy rate for Dual Fuel applications is 6.8¢ per kWh.

Common systems include an electric plenum heater and a propane forced air furnace, electric boilers with a fossil fuel backup system, or baseboard heaters with an automated non-electric backup system. For the comfort of an all-electric system, Electric Thermal Storage (ETS) units can serve as the backup or primary system.

Dual Fuel systems can be controlled up to 400 hours per heating season and for extended periods. It is essential that your backup system is able to adequately heat your home during these times. 

Itasca-Mantrap Dual Fuel Rebate Form

 

Air Source Heat Pump

Air source heat pump (ASHP) systems can both heat and cool your home with the same unit, using refrigeration technology to transfer heat. The refrigeration system consists of a compressor and two coils made of copper tubing.  In the winter, the unit extracts the heat from outside, down to an average of twenty degrees Fahrenheit, and transfers it into your home. In the summer, the process is reversed and the unit removes heat from your home and releases it outdoors.

ASHPs on Itasca-Mantrap’s load management program must be separately metered and controlled. The heat pump will be cycled on and off in 15-minute intervals during peak demand periods in the summer. By allowing us to occasionally cycle the equipment, the kilowatt-hours used by your heat pump will be billed at a reduced rate.

ASHP rebate amounts are based on energy-efficiency rating and installation by a participating contractor*

            14.5 SEER   $500

            15 SEER      $650

            16+ SEER    $800

*You must use a participating contractor to install the unit to qualify for a rebate. Rebate applications are available only through participating contractors.

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Itasca-Mantrap Air Conditioning/ASHP Tune-up Form

Itasca-Mantrap Ductless ASHP Rebate Form
 

Ground Source Heat Pump

Ground source heat pump (GSHP) systems use the constant temperature of the earth to transfer heat to and from your home. This allows the system to reach efficiencies up to 300 to 500 percent.

In the heating mode, GSHP systems transfer heat via a vertical or horizontal loop system installed in the ground. Heat energy is carried into the home through piping connected to a heat exchange unit inside the home. In the summer this process is reversed to transfer heat from the home into the ground.

GSHP system can be placed on either the general service or Dual Fuel rate. If placed on the Dual Fuel service, the system, including any supplemental strip heat, must be controlled and the member must have a fully-automated backup system able to meet the home’s heating needs during control periods.

Related resources:

Itasca-Mantrap GSHP Rebate

Understanding Your Radio Receiver

www.igshpa.okstate.edu

www.waterfurnace.com

www.northernheatpump.com

 

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