Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2013 - (Page 12)

RURAL AMERICA Kilowatt Reminders BY JOHN E. REGNIER AS THE HOT summer months continue, everyone is probably thinking about and using air conditioning, swimming pools, yard sly sprinkling, etc. Although staying cool and comfortable is obviously ir desirable, there is a serious caveat for water systems helping their customers achieve this desirable state – system electrical costs will go up!! Fortunately, there are often simple steps utilities can take e to minimize these electrical costs, and this article provides some ll reminders that may help managers keep customers happy but still keep costs down. These reminders fall into three categories: managing electrical demand, managing the time and manner in which electricity is used at a given demand level, and information on electrical bills that can suggest savings opportunities. The article presents these reminders in this order and, hopefully, in a non-technical format that is easy to understand. Managing electrical demand During these hot summer months with high water demands and high AC usage which combine to make electric power costs even more critical than normal, there is going to be some pressure in systems to turn on an extra pump now and then to get the water out. Filters in treatment plants may load up more frequently because of increased turbidity, algae, etc. 12 • Third Quarter 2013 with the accompanying necessity for more r backwashing. Unfortunately, the high AC igh usage compounds the power cost problems oblems that may be associated with increased reased pumping. Before an extra pump is turned on, a water manager is well advised to sed remember that infamous provision in ion many power rate structures called the ed ratchet clause. Power suppliers understandably don’t like unnecessary jumps in mps power demand at any time, but especially ecially when they have to supply extra power to wer keep AC units running. They frequently uently discourage such power jumps by putting severe cost penalties in their rates. Simply put, the ratchet clause usually says: s: • Billing demand will never be less than s some fraction (as high as 90%) of the maximum demand established during hot summer months.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2013

FROM THE PRESIDENT
KILOWATT REMINDERS
POWERING PROGRESS
PROJECTS THAT START IN RURAL AMERICA TOUCH THE LIVES OF ALL AMERICANS
WHAT DOES RURAL MEAN?
PROTECTING THE LAND
THE POWER OF AN ASSOCIATION
REGULATORY UPDATE
OLD CONSERVATION IDEA STILL IN VOGUE
THROWING MY LOOP
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ ADVERTISERS.COM
FROM THE CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2013

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