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Manassas Offers Credits for Utility Bills, Introduces New Plan to Help Save Electricity

By Potomac Local July 25, 2014 11:30 am

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Photo: City of Manassas

Photo: City of Manassas

MANASSAS, Va. – The Manassas Utilities Department is giving its customers a new way to limit the amount of electricity they use during peak periods.

Here’s more in a press release:

The City of Manassas Utilities are using new load management devices which will enable them to decrease usage demand during high peak periods and help lower utility rates, while customers can get a one-time $25 utility credit for each load management installed on their electric hot water heater, heat pump and air conditioner. In addition, the hot water heater load management devices earns an annual $2 credit on utility bills, while air conditioning devices get $9 credit per month from July through October, and $3 per month credit for electric heat pumps from November through June.  For more information, go to manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.

Load management, also known as demand side management (DSM), is the process of balancing the supply of electricity on the network with the electrical load by adjusting or controlling the load rather than the power station output. Load management allows utilities to reduce demand for electricity during peak usage times, which can, in turn, reduce costs by eliminating the need for peaking power plants. It can also help reduce harmful emissions, since peaking plants or backup generators are often dirtier and less efficient than base load power plants

“While we are strongly committed to ensuring our rates stay reasonable and that we’re distributing power in the most effective and efficient manner, we encourage customers to join the load management program providing them credits to their utility bills, and working with us to help lower the system peak each month,” said Mike Moon, director of City of Manassas public works and utilities department.

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