Rate 11 Load Control Program
Approximately 2,500 residential co-op members participate in our Rate 11 load control program as a way for Corn Belt to maintain low energy costs from our power supplier. This program is at capacity and we are not accepting additional enrollments at this time.
Rate 11 members can now be notified of summer interrupts via text message and email! Simply provide your cell phone number(s) and your cell phone carrier (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc.) and we'll add you to our notification list. We will send out email and text message alerts a few hours before scheduled interrupts for those who have opted to receive these notifications. Make sure your cell phone is enabled to receive texts and that you check your email account's spam folder. Notify us if you switch cell phone carriers so you can continue receiving text alerts.
Participants who don't wish to receive email or text alerts can call us at 800-879-0339, visit the outage section of our website, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to see if an interrupt has been scheduled on a particular day. Often times, the decision to institute a Rate 11 interrupt may not be determined until 1:00 PM or later on a given day as our analysts review real-time usage data, weather forecasts and other variables in predicting whether Corn Belt co-op members will establish a new usage peak later in the day. Occassionally, a Rate 11 interrupt may be cancelled at the last minute as we continue tracking usage data and determine that a peak usage period is not materializing, which means that load control is not needed. Cancellation notices will be sent out via email and text, as well as posted online and on our phone greeting.
Cooperative members on Rate 11 allow Corn Belt Energy to interrupt power to their meter during a few electric peak periods from June 1 through September 30 each year so the cooperative can avoid paying expensive demand charges from our power supplier. In exchange for allowing us to manage peak load, Rate 11 members receive a lower energy rate. Interruptions typically occur on hot weekday afternoons as we try to anticipate the highest usage period of each month. This almost always occurs in the late afternoon/early evening on hot summer days as our residential members increase their air conditioning usage. Interrupts will not last longer than 3 hours nor will they run later than 7:00 PM. Rate 11 interrupts will not occur on holidays or weekends.
Members currently on Rate 11 may opt-out at any time, but they will no longer receive the discounted electric rate and they are not allowed to opt back into the program.
The Rate 11 service agreement reads in part as follows:
"The Cooperative shall be permitted, without notice or restraint, to interrupt electric service to the member's residence during electric peak periods from June 1 through September 30. The interruption may last up to three hours during any one such interruption. The determination of what constitutes an electric peak period shall be made by the Cooperative, and the Cooperative shall, within its sole discretion, determine the necessity for interruptions and the number of interruptions to be made. Interruptions can occur on Monday thru Friday, no weekends or holidays. Interrupts are most likely to be late afternoon but may extend into early evening should peak electric load mandate."