Summer electricity use drives the wholesale cost of electricity. For REC, the highest "peak" demand for electricity during the summer helps determine the cost of electricity year-round.
Traditionally, rates have been the same year-round based on the average annual cost. Now, rates will vary to reflect the costs resulting from high summertime energy use. Rates will be slightly higher for electricity use above 800 kilowatt hours (kWh) in the summer months (June through September) and slightly lower for electricity used in the non-summer months (October through May). Having higher rates in the summer means members who create the high-cost, summer demand for electricity will pay their share of that cost. If approved, the seasonal rates will take effect in 2018.