Customers of Delaware’s largest utility would get a reward if they voluntarily cut back on their electricity usage during hot summer days.
The Public Service Commission approved a program that will be initially offered next summer to about 7,000 customers, known as Standard Offer Service customers, who get their electricity from Delmarva Power. Customers would be notified on a day prior to an expected day of peak demand, and would be offered a rebate for cutting back on their usage during the hot weather, when demand and the market price for power are especially high. “We’re going to help our customers understand that when they reduce electricity use on the hottest summer days, it will help reduce what we all pay for energy,” said Delmarva Power Region President Gary Stockbridge. “The more we encourage reduced energy use during those few peak hours of the year, the more influence we’ll have over keeping down the market price for power by relying less on the region’s most expensive electricity.” Delmarva Power plans to expand the program to its entire base of SOS customers, and small-and medium-sized businesses, beginning in 2013.