In the lower left hand corner of your electric bill, you will see what load group (LG) and double order (DO) numbers that your system is set to. Once you have this information, go to Minnkota Power Cooperative’s website at http://northstar.lm.minnkota.com/status/ to view the current load control status.
LG 101 and 102 are for short-term control up to 4 hours at one time and up to 8 hours per day (water heaters). Water heaters do not go through the off peak meter. Members receive up to a $6 credit on their monthly electric bill when they participate in this program. The short-term rate is 9.9 cents per kWh.
LG 201 and 203 are for medium-term control up to 12-16 hours/day (storage heat). At this time, storage heat is also at the 6.4 cent rate, but may end up costing a bit more in the future than long-term loads listed below.
LG 301 and 309 are for long-term control for extended periods of time (furnaces, baseboard heaters, etc). You must have an adequate and automatic back-up heating system to get you through long periods of time without electric heat. In exchange for this, you pay only 6.4 cents/kwh compared to the 12.2 cent regular rate.
Members experiencing problems with their back up systems may choose a short term control at 9.9 cents/kwh, but they will not be allowed back on the 6.4 cent rate until an adequate and automatic backup is installed. Members are also able to choose no load control, but the cost of their electric heating will double without control. They will not be eligible to return to the 6.4 cent rate for at least one year, and an adequate, automatic backup must be installed.
If you have any questions about load control or would like to discuss your options, please give us a call and ask for the Member Service department.