WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) celebrated the passage of their Senate resolution on the importance of voluntary energy reduction programs at electric cooperatives. Electric cooperatives are member-owned not-for-profit organizations that provide affordable, at-cost power to their members. The resolution specifically highlights the “Beat the Peak” demand response program, which allows members of participating cooperatives to receive alerts during periods of peak energy usage when high prices are expected. Today, over ninety electric cooperatives across the United States offer the “Beat the Peak” program and many more across the country offer additional voluntary energy reduction programs that provide significant economic and conservation benefits.

“Electric cooperatives operate 833 electric distribution centers across the country to provide 42 million people in the United States with safe, reliable, and affordable electricity,” said Senator Coons. “We are extremely proud that the Delaware Electric Cooperative was the first electric cooperative in the country to offer the ‘Beat the Peak’ program, which to date has saved Delaware members $27 million over the past ten years. It is my hope that raising awareness of the many benefits provided by these voluntary energy reduction programs will result in more electric cooperatives adopting and offering those programs across the country.”

“The passage of our resolution will help highlight these voluntary programs that reduce energy consumption and save money for participants,” said Senator Gardner. “Colorado electric co-ops like Holy Cross and United Power have participated in these voluntary energy reduction programs and have seen great results, and we encourage others to do so as well.” 

To view a PDF of the resolution, click here.