Capital Electric launches new rebate program

BISMARCK, N.D. - Capital Electric in Bismarck kicked off a program in October to keep demand down.

The Peak Time Rebate Program has events where customers participating must lower their electricity usage during peak hours.

They said this will eventually help lower rates for their customers.

Capital Electric serves Northern Bismarck and other parts of Burleigh and Sheridan counties.

"Being in Bismarck and serving Burleigh and Sheridan Counties we're kind of in an area where we see a lot of high temperatures in the summer and low temperatures in the winter. That disparity of temperatures causes a lot of what we call peaks," said Wes Engbrecht, Capital Electric director of communications and public relations.

Over 3,000 people so far have joined the Peak Time Rebate Program.

Capital Electric has events where customers participating must lower their electricity usage during peak hours. Those are usually before and after usual work hours.

"Everybody that is participating that has actually used less power than they normally would during that time will see a rebate and that rebate check will be calculated down the road a few months from now," said Engbrecht.

Which makes some Bismarck Residents willing to get onboard.

"I think it would be a benefit to me because it helps financially it will be a beneficial to me," said Bismarck resident Hawa Bouquia.

Capital Electric said the purpose of the program is to shave off the peak, meaning they aim to have less people using large quantities of electricity at one time.

They said it will take a few months to get the program rolling and see how everything works out.