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Load Management Program

The Load Management Program, developed by the 14 electric distribution cooperatives in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in conjunction with our wholesale power supplier, Allegheny Electric Cooperative, Inc., lets cooperative members become partners in the effort to control electricity rates. This works by shifting the energy used by residential electric heating systems, electric water heaters, and other electric appliances to off-peak hours. This saves money for all cooperative members in the form of stable rates. Learn more at


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Central Electric Cooperative has two different load management programs: managing solely the electric water heater or controlling electric heating systems.


Electric Water Heaters

We will install (free of charge) a demand response unit (DRU) on your electric water heater. Members immediately receive a $100 sign-up bill credit for volunteering to participate in load management. The credit is not available to members who purchase a water heater from the cooperative. The DRU interrupts power to the tank during peak energy demand times. Load management helps stabilize future power costs to the cooperative and reduces power plant emissions for a cleaner environment.

Participants must remain in the load management program for a minimum of two years. Forty-gallon tanks with more than two people in the home, mobile homes (home has an axle and can be transported), seasonal accounts, and tanks installed by the cooperative are not eligible.

For more information, contact Caitlin Kriebel at 800-521-0570 x2195.


Electric Heating Systems

Electric heating systems (electric baseboard, furnace, boiler or heat pump) under load management receive a reduced rate for the energy they use on a second meter. Members must do the following steps to participate in load management with an electric heating system:

  • Use electric heat as your primary heating source.
  • Install a second distribution panel and service entrance for separate metering.
  • Allow heating/cooling system and electric water heater to be interrupted during peaks (electric clothes dryer is optional).
  • Have an adequate back-up heating system (thermal electric storage is recommended).


Load Management Periods Weekdays only

  • Winter: Typically between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. (morning) and/or  5 p.m. and 9 p.m. (evening) - may occur twice a day
  • Summer: Typically between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Hours may be extended as needed. Cooperative can control up to 12 hours in a 24-hour period. No weekends or major holiday interruptions.


  • Back-up Heating System: Member can NOT participate in Load Management for electric heat unless they have an adequate back-up heating system in place. 


Members currently participating in Load Management can receive a load control alert via email by emailing

Contact us at 1-800-521-0570 for more information and to start saving today!



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