By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun
12:28 PM EDT, May 8, 2012
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said Tuesday that it planned to test its PeakRewards program on two separate occasions this month.
The tests, done ahead of the summer peak demand season, are designed to gauge the program's technical enhancements, as well as its website and other customer communications.
The voluntary PeakRewards program eases energy consumption when demand spikes. Customers receive bill credits in return for allowing BGE to periodically turn off their air conditioning when overall power demand is high.
The two tests are expected to take place on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. BGE will notify participating customers in advance, the utility said.
Over the past year, BGE has made improvements to the program. Last year, it angered customers when their air conditioners were cycled off for up to nine hours during a scorching day in July.
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