How does it work? When you sign up for Beat the Peak, we will notify you on a handful of summer days when the co-op needs to lower its electric usage due to high system-wide demand, usually between 5-9 p.m. You can choose to be notified by email, text or an automated phone call.
Participating members who reduce their usage the most can win monthly cash prizes. There is also the opportunity to band together as teams and raise money for a favorite charity or organization.
With Beat the Peak you’re helping the overall community by ensuring reliable power at the lowest cost — which translates into lower bills and a greener environment for everyone. Watch this short video for an overview
- MVEC members can participate in the Beat the Peak Energy Challenge individually or as part of a team. Either way the goal is the same: reduce your electric usage when MVEC alerts you to reduce. Those reducing the most will win cash prizes!
- A key feature of the Beat the Peak Energy Challenge is the ability to collaborate with others, create teams and work together to win cash prizes for your school, church, team, neighborhood or civic organization.
- Each team is required to have a team captain. The team captain or organization does not need to be an MVEC member to form a team (meaning they do not need to purchase electricity from MVEC); however, each participant on the teams must be an MVEC member in order for us to track electric usage and reduction.
- Each team must have a minimum of five MVEC members. MVEC employees who are co-op members and board directors may participate in teams.
- Teams must be created before Memorial Day weekend. After Memorial Day, individuals may not join, remove or switch teams. If you choose to not participate after signing up, please contact MVEC and ask to be excluded from the competition. You will continue to be counted as part of a team; however, your usage reduction will be set to 0.
- You may participate in as many teams as you wish. MVEC residential members may participate individually without being part of a team and are eligible for individual cash prizes. MVEC employee/members and board directors are not eligible for individual cash prizes.
Team prizes will be based upon a kilowatt hour (kWh) percentage reduction of the team members’ electricity usage during the challenge times from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Team prize winners will be announced in September. Cash prizes will be paid by the end of September. A team may only win one prize.
First Prize – $1,000 Second Prize – $500 Third Prize – $250
First Prize – $2,500 Second Prize – $1,000 Third Prize – $500
Over 25 Members:
First Prize – $7,500 Second Prize – $3,000 Third Prize – $1,500
Cash prizes for individual households
Individual prizes will be based upon (1) total kilowatt hour (kWh) reduction and (2) percentage reduction of the individual’s electricity usage during the challenge times from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The top 10 winners (five “total kWh” reducers and five “percentage” reducers) will receive $100 in June, July and August. Individual prize winners will be announced by the 5th business day of the following month (July 5, Aug. 5 and Sept. 5).
An individual may only win one prize. In addition to cash prizes, weekly drawings are sometimes offered. For the latest news on promotions and prizes, follow us on Facebook.
MVEC will distribute cash winnings to non-profit teams in one lump sum. If your team does not qualify for non-profit status, MVEC will distribute cash winnings in equal amounts to each team member. Prize winners (team and individuals) agree his/her name and photo may be used in various communications by MVEC (such as our newsletter, web site, social media, etc.) MVEC reserves the right to make the final determination of prize winners.
Belle Plaine Jr/Sr High School Weight Room
Team Captain: Sue Schultz Email: Sue
Team Story/Goal: Our goal is to increase the strength, speed, agility and overall physical fitness levels of all students in the Belle Plaine Junior/Senior High School. Our program works with students, both male and female, in grades 7-12, during the summer, before and after school and as part of team practices. We would like to replace old, unreliable equipment and are also looking to increase the amount of equipment we currently have to better serve the over 100 students a day that use our weight room facilities.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Minnesota Chapter
Team Captain: Becki Schmitz Email: Becki
Team Story/Goal: Our goal is to raise money for the Minnesota Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). Please sign up and help support our cause! All winnings will be donted to the Minnesota Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Czech Heritage Club
Team Captain: Vi Chromy
Team Story/Goal: The Czech Heritage Club wants to preserve the past for the future, The Czech Heritage. Our two big events are the Czech Village at Dozinky in New Prague and the European Christmas at the Park Ballroom in New Prague. Last year we won $500. and purchased a projector to use at our meetings to make them more educational and interesting.
Eagle View Elementary School
Team Captain: Jean Schmidt Email: Jean
Team Story/Goal: Our goal is to save electricity and to enrich our student’s academic experience by funding various programs and events at Eagle View Elementary School. Come on and join our team!!
Falcon Ridge Elementary School
Team Captain: Dave Giesen/Shanna Gutzke-Kupp Email: Falcon Ridge
Team Story/Goal: Join our team today! The Falcon Ridge Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) pledges to support and promote our school, staff and families on how to save energy and better manage our energy consumption! With our efforts to promote “Beat the Peak” program, we would like to use our rewards to remodel and refresh our staff lounge at Falcon Ridge. With our 40+ year old building, we would like to try and reduce our electric usage to provide a greener environment for our community while creating a warm and inviting place for our fabulous teachers and staff to relax. Thank you for your support!
Team Captain: Clerk DeAnn Croatt Email: DeAnn
Team Story/Goal: MVEC brought electricity to townships over 80 years ago! Spread the word; ask neighbors, relatives & friends to help “Beat the Peak”! Prize money will be donated to “CaringBridge,” a non-profit that helps bring families and friends together to foster healing when it’s needed most.
Lake Marion Elementary School PTO
Team Captains: Kelly Barke and Becky Bishop Email: Kelly
Team Story/Goal: Help Lake Marion Elementary win this EASY contest and sign up on our team to help buy iPads for our school! We can win money, just by having you conserve energy! It’s easy to sign up, and you will receive emails in advance letting you know when the times of participation will be! Thank you so much!
Team Captain: Karmin Stanley Email: Lonsdale Ambassadors
Team Story/Goal: The purpose of the Lonsdale Ambassador Scholarship program is to encourage higher education and community involvement in and around the Lonsdale area. Community involvement and the spirit of volunteerism play an important role in the growth and development of the contestants and the Lonsdale Ambassadors. This program supports higher education of our youth through scholarship awards and promotes community involvement and volunteerism by providing opportunities for the Lonsdale Ambassadors to attend fundraising events, local area pageants, parades and community festivals. Join our team and all proceeds from our BEAT THE PEAK challenge will be earmarked for our Scholarship Fund!
Minnesota Military Family Foundation
Team Captain: Craig Lofdahl Email: Craig
Team Story/Goal: The Minnesota Military Family Foundation raises funds to financially support deployed Minnesota military personnel, their spouses and children with grants during times of extraordinary financial hardship. The MMFF is a community-supported fund founded in November 2004. Contributions are made by people who understand that there are many sacrifices military families make and want to help soften the extraordinary financial hardships that may occur when a family member is deployed by providing a financial safety net. The men and women that serve in our military have given up their freedom to protect the freedom of American citizens. Please join our team and save energy to show your thanks and support to our deployed troops and their families by winning this competition for the Minnesota Military Family Foundation.
Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School
Team Captain: Mindy Reeder Email: Mindy
Team Story/Goal: Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School plans to participate to ensure that we are saving electrical costs all summer long with our summer programs. We hope to cut our expenses and inspire others in the MVEC area to join the cause and save electricity at home!
Ney Nature Center
Team Captain: Becky Pollack Email: Becky
Team Story/Goal: The Ney Nature Center is participating to help raise awareness of the importance of conserving energy as it fits our mission well. If we win, the prize money will be used to support the Ney Nature Center’s partnership with Youth Energy Summit.
New Prague Chamber of Commerce
Team Captain: Deborah Kalousek Email: Deborah
Team Story/Goal: The New Prague Chamber of Commerce’s mission is ” to promote and enhance the community.” We do that through shop local initiatives, providing gorgeous flowers along Main Street in the summer, hosting Dozinky and Run New Prague and many other events. MVEC’s Beat the Peak Energy Challenge is a great way for community members to save energy & money AND give back to New Prague. Join us, won’t you?
Operation Round Up
Team Captain: Chris Schwinger
Team Story/Goal: Operation Round Up (ORU) is one way MVEC members work together to make a difference. This unique program has provided funds for purchasing various items for local fire departments, women’s shelters, groups serving youth, medical equipment for those in need, donations to food shelves and many other worthwhile causes.
Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic School
Team Captain: Joe Vandermark Website: Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic School
Team Story/Goal: Our goal is to save electricity and raise funds to help our school scholarship fund and other worthy programs. Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic School is dedicated to the spiritual, intellectual, moral, physical, and academic formation of children. Our school follows the principles of the Roman Catholic faith in a nurturing, multi-age environment where all students thrive in the Light of Christ.
Raven Stream Elementary
Team Captain: Pat Pribyl Email: Pat
Team Story/Goal: Raven Stream Team Members: Please consider joining the Raven Stream Team. Working together we can accomplish anything we set out minds to. Let’s reduce our energy usage this summer and win some cash so we can purchase more books for our great school!!! — Mr. Pribyl
Redtail Ridge Elementary School (ISD 719)
Team Captain: Mark Fontana Email: Mark
Team Story/Goal: Join this team of south Savage residents and any prizes from our energy savings will benefit Redtail Ridge Elementary in the Prior Lake – Savage Area Schools! Our school’s mission is to be a caring, environmentally-focused community where social learning empowers academic learning and all individuals are challenged to reach their full potential as productive members of society. Redtail Ridge’s E-STEM curriculum provides instruction and learning focused on inquiry and real-world problem solving in the 21st century, applying hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematical practices with projects and field experiences related to the environment. Please support Redtail Ridge’s environmental focus by joining our team, saving energy, and encouraging your neighbors to do the same!
St. John Catholic School of Jordan
Team Captain: Eric Kes Website: St. John Catholic School of Jordan
Team Story/Goal: Established in the 1860’s, the faculty and staff at St. John’s believe in building a community of faith, love, and service to others that extends beyond a classroom setting. St. John’s offers a solid religious foundation and a well-rounded education that adds new dimension to a student’s personality, character, and moral standards. Join our Beat the Peak team to raise much-needed funds to upgrade technology at our school.
Savage Area Women of Today
Team Captain: Stacy Pearson Email: Stacy
Team Story/Goal: The Savage Area Women of Today is a dynamic and diverse women’s organization interested in the betterment of our community. We are not politically or religiously affiliated. We are women from various backgrounds, communities, and life experiences. We are working women, homemakers, mothers, grandmothers, married and single women. We are women who want to make our communities a better place for all of us to live. We volunteer our time, raise funds for charities, and provide informational seminars that are open to the public. Our members choose the projects they want to participate in, given their interest and time availability. Members can be as involved as they want to be. Most group events take place in the evenings or on weekends. We are also interested in bettering ourselves and having fun. We have speakers attend our meetings, challenge ourselves to improve our communication skills, gather to develop new talents and plan social events. The wide range of opportunities that Women of Today offers is one of the elements that make it unique. There is something for every woman and new ideas are always welcome. Learn more at http://savageareawt.weebly.com/
SnowDrifters of New Prague
Team Captain: Jeff Langeberg Email: Jeff
Team Story/Goal: Our club, organized in 1969, has approximately 100 members dedicated to organizing and maintaining trails from the southern edge of the metro suburbs. Our trails provide connections to the cities of Prior Lake, New Prague, Veseli, Lonsdale, Le Sueur, Belle Plaine, Montgomery and LeCenter. We maintain and groom about 34 miles of trails, much of which is farmland. Our club is associated with MNUSA and is also a member of the Blue Ribbon Coalition, which helps to assure trails nationwide are protected.
Team Captain: Todd Luecke
Team Story/Goal: William’s Wings is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Chanhassen with a purpose of helping local families grieving the loss of a child. More information at http://williamswings.org. Thank you for your consideration to help our organization, and ultimately families find hope, healing and smiles again after a tragic loss.
If every member shifted or reduced just one kilowatt-hour of electricity during peak-demand periods, we can save $2+ million on power costs between June and September. Shift or reduce two kilowatt-hours of electricity and the savings double! We can help you save – check out these energy saving tips and see how much you can beat the peak!