Deferred Load

Save up to 30% with our Deferred Load Rate

Lower your heating and cooling costs by up to 30% compared to our standard electric rates when you install a qualified storage system on the Deferred Load Rate.

How it works

When you’re on the Deferred Load Rate, we use radio signals to control your service during peak and emergency conditions. This helps us to manage the electrical system and helps to keep energy prices as low as possible.

The Deferred Load Rate is designed for thermal-storage technologies, including electric water heaters that charge during off-peak hours and continue to provide service even during peak periods when energy control is used. Air-source heat pumps also may be added to the rate if they’re used with a storage system.

If you install your air-source heat pump on this rate, you may request that it be cycled 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off during occasional summer-season peak periods. This helps to keep spaces cool.

Program eligibility and details

Rate details:

This rider is for both residential and non-residential service to any approved permanently connected deferred loads. Such loads primarily are thermal storage, like underfloor heating or central-storage furnaces, and may include water heaters and heat pumps when deferred heating load is in use. Loads may be controlled up to 14 hours a day, as measured from midnight to midnight. Optional rate 195 allows for qualified summer-season loads such as a heat pump to be cycled 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off during control periods.

During a rate review an interim rate adjustment may be applied to the charges below.

  Minnesota North Dakota South Dakota
Customer charge $4.00 $8.80 $8.50
Monthly minimum bill Customer +
facilities charges
Customer +
facilities charges
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facilities charges
Facilities charge $8.00 $11.60 $11.00
Kilowatt-hour charge
June - September
6.551¢ 2.602¢ 2.406¢
Kilowatt-hour charge
October - May
6.523¢ 2.371¢ 2.192¢
Penalty charge
June - September
29.365¢ 35.916¢ 26.749¢
Penalty charge
October - May
18.678¢ 16.537¢ 17.205¢
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Ready to enroll in our Deferred Load Rate?

Contact our Customer Service Center or call 800-257-4044 during business hours to enroll in this rate program.