Distributed Generation Time-Based Usage Rates
Time-Based Usage is a voluntary program members can sign up for to save energy and money throughout the year. With Distributed Generation Time-Based Usage rates (DG TBU rates), electric charges vary based on the time of day and the season in which the energy is used, unlike flat electric rates where members are charged the same amount for electricity no matter when it is used.
This voluntary program gives members the power to reduce their energy bill by shifting energy use from on-peak to off-peak hours, while also helping the co-op reduce its overall demand.
The generation column displays the price per kilowatt-hour the member receives as compensation for energy put back on BEC's grid.
Distributed Generation (DG) Time-Based Usage Rates
To save money with DG TBU, members should shift their energy usage from the peak-usage times, noted in red on the clocks. To see the greatest savings, members should shift as much energy to the light blue times as possible. Small shifts and changes can help you to save money:
- Try scheduling your washing machine and dryer to run sometime between off-peak hours.
- Turn up your thermostat during peak times – a few degrees can make a big difference.
- Cool your house at night during economy and normal rate hours.
- Move your dinnertime and cook after peak usage time you will save time and energy.
All of these little changes, and moving your energy usage out past the peak-usage times, will help you keep a little spare change in your pocket!
*Reflected price is the energy cost only and does not include delivery fee, fuel cost adjustment, availability charge or other taxes and fees that may apply. DG TBU rates are effective as of July 1, 2020.