Small General Service (SGS)
If your small business can avoid using a lot of energy at any one time during peak usage periods, our Small General Service Peak Demand pricing plan might be right for you.
How does SGS Peak Demand work?
This plan combines a lower usage-based rate with a "demand" charge based on your business' highest hourly usage during on-peak time-of-use hours. If that hourly peak greatly exceeds your average use, this plan could increase your costs. But if your business' usage is relatively steady and you can space out energy-intensive tasks, you may enjoy lower energy costs on this plan.
For example, avoiding the simultaneous use of large appliances and equipment such as air conditioning, lighting, computers, copiers and printers during on-peak hours will reduce your demand and increase your savings. Combine this with a lower usage-based rate, and you have the power to reduce your monthly bill.
ON-PEAK (TIME-OF-USE) HOURS
|midnight - 2 p.m.
|2 - 8 p.m.
|8 p.m. - midnight
|WEEKENDS & MAJOR HOLIDAYS
Major holidays include Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4), and Labor Day. If Independence Day falls on Saturday, the weekend schedule applies on the preceding Friday, July 3. If Independence Day falls on Sunday, the weekend schedule applies on the following Monday, July 5. All weekends are off-peak.
|midnight - 5 a.m.
|5 - 9 a.m.
|9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
|5 - 9 p.m.
|9 p.m. - midnight
|WEEKENDS & MAJOR HOLIDAYS
Major holidays include Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. If Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on Saturdays, the weekend schedule applies on the preceding Fridays, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. If Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on Sundays, the weekend schedule applies on the following Mondays, Dec. 26 and Jan.2. All weekends are off-peak.
What are the potential advantages of this plan?
Demand rates empower customers to lower their energy costs by making smart choices about how they use energy. UES’ service costs are driven by the need to satisfy customers’ highest demand, even if it only occurs once each month. When that maximum usage level goes down, so does the cost of providing all of our customers with safe, reliable service.
Our SGS Peak Demand plan is designed to reward customers who do their part to reduce demand on the electric grid during peak usage periods. Reducing the peak energy demand promotes more efficient use of our energy resources and can help limit future rate increases.
What are the potential disadvantages of this plan?
If your business uses a lot of power during on peak periods, your energy costs could increase under our SGS Peak Demand plan. That’s true even if your hourly usage reaches a high level only once during a billing cycle. The Demand Charge reflects the cost of resources and facilities UES must build and maintain to satisfy even occasional needs.
Also, please be aware that customers who leave this plan cannot return to SGS Peak Demand for at least 12 months.
¹ Includes Energy and Base Power charges but excludes the Purchased Power and Fuel Adjustment Clause charge, which changes monthly.
² The maximum one-hour measured demand during the on-peak hours of a billing period. In the summer (May-October), the on-peak period is 2-8 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding Memorial Day, Independence Day and Memorial Day). In the winter (November-April), on-peak periods are 5-9 a.m. and 5-9 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. All weekends are off-peak.