A secure, low-cost energy future
PEC is committed to providing reliable energy services using a "least cost" mix of resources. That mix includes conservation and efficiency as well as purchased power, renewable energy, cogeneration and other distributed energy resources.
There are two initiatives this month that highlight our commitment to providing PEC members with energy options and implementing best practices in integrated resource planning.
Integrated Resource Plan
PEC is currently developing a long-term integrated resource plan (IRP) and has hired independent consulting firm Burns & McDonnell to analyze current and forecasted energy requirements and develop resource plan options for consideration by PEC's Board of Directors.
The purpose of the Co-op’s IRP will be to describe the portfolio of energy resources PEC plans to use to meet current and future needs for energy at the lowest reasonable cost to Co-op members. To complete the IRP, Burns & McDonnell will identify and examine PEC's power supply, generation and conservation requirements while ensuring Co-op members continue to receive reliable, economical and sustainable service. Once completed, the IRP will help PEC establish a roadmap for ongoing power supply efforts.
On Oct. 27, PEC and Burns & McDonnell will host a member forum to outline the IRP process, answer related questions and gather member input. The forum will be held at PEC headquarters at 6 p.m. Members unable to attend will be able to watch the meeting live via a link at www.pec.coop.
PEC members who have feedback regarding the IRP are invited to send their comments, along with their name, service address and phone number, to IRP@peci.com or by mail to Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Attn: Integrated Resource Plan, PO Box 1, Johnson City, TX 78636. Please make sure your comments arrive by midnight on Nov. 3.
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PEC hosted its fourth Hill Country Solar Tour Oct. 4 in Liberty Hill. A crowd of approximately 350 members and guests eager to learn more about residential solar installations attended the event.
About 446 PEC members have installed generating equipment, including solar panels or wind turbines, to take advantage of renewable energy sources. Your Cooperative offers net metering to make it as easy as possible for members to route power through a single meter that measures the PEC-delivered electricity you receive and subtracts the amount of electricity produced by your equipment.
The PEC Board also approved an increase in the amount paid for excess power produced by that equipment. Beginning Dec. 1, 2014, the avoided cost paid for surplus electricity produced by members with generating equipment will climb to $0.05826 per net metered kilowatt-hour — about a 70 percent increase over the October avoided cost price for surplus power.
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