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 and must show some energy savings. If there is an insufficient number of teams or savings in a particular category, prizes will not be awarded.
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” by offering educational and social programs available for all ages.
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.
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 School
Team Captain: George Vondracek Email: George
Team Story/Goal: Help HRS students raise funds for special projects at Most Holy Redeemer.
New Prague Chamber of Commerce
Team Captain: Deborah Kalousek Email: Deborah
Team Story/Goal: We are a local organization that supports community efforts and initiatives, with your support we can continue to help New Prague grow and prosper. Thank you!
New Prague Rotary
Team Captain: Melissa Kreuser
Team Story/Goal: The Rotary Club of New Prague strives to provide and foster Community Service through an ideal of “Service Above Self.” We are committed locally to Community Service, Youth Programs, Humanitarian Projects, and Fellowship Among our Members. Adding value to our community through projects and goodwill, supporting our future leaders, offering help both locally and internationally, and enjoying camaraderie with members is measured with our Four-Way Test. Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it bring GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
New Prague State Science Fair
Team Captain: Jodi Prchal Email: Jodi
Team Story/Goal: These middle and high school students are working on science fair projects to help the environment and explore new and innovative ideas in the areas of science and engineering, just like the mission of MVEC! This group uses the funds to help pay for expenses incurred at the MN State Science and Engineering Fair each spring, as well as helping to send more elementary projects to regional competition by paying for their entry fees as a way of giving back!
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 Czech Heritage Club
Team Captain: Annie Topic
Team Story/Goal: One of our Club’s goals is to promote the Czech heritage on as wide a scale as possible. This year we hope to utilize the internet to make connections with other Czech organizations and individuals in various locations around the world. Some of the activities we have planned include offering tutorials in the Czech language and “lost” arts, genealogical research, and travel information.
The other reason we are participating is simply to raise awareness of the need and promote energy conservation.
Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic School
Team Captain: Joe Vandermark Website: Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic School
Team Story/Goal: Thank you for your support of our students. 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.
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! 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 mathematics 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!
River Valley All Stars
Team Captain: Lori Speiss Email: Lori
River Valley All Stars is a cheerleading gym for children ages 3- 18. Our goal is to see each of our members develop lasting relationships, accountability to themselves, their team and their community, pride in being part of something bigger than themselves, and life skills that will assist them in becoming positive and productive adults. Cheerleading is an expensive sport and we hope to be able to raise funds to offset the travel and uniform costs so more children are able to participate and gain the benefits of being in a competitive sport.
River Valley YMCA
Team Captain: Mary Erickson Email: Mary
Team Story/Goal: The mission of the YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. By joining our team you will be helping kids reach their potential, helping people of all ages live healthier lives, helping young people become positive leaders and helping to connect people to Y programs in our community. Your help will make a meaningful, enduring impact today and tomorrow.
St. Wenceslaus School
Team Captain: Kristy Mach
Team Story/Goal: St. Wenceslaus School (SWS) is a private school serving preschool through grade 8. SWS is accredited by Minnesota Non-public Schools Accrediting Association (MNSAA) and has recently implemented STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) into the curriculum.
Savage Area Women of Today
Team Captain: Stacy Pearson Email: Stacy
Team Story/Goal: Our mission is to provide our members with the opportunity to serve our local communities, learn from the experiences within the chapter, and make new friends and have fun. The Savage Area Women of Today has been part of the Minnesota Women of Today since 2010. Over the years, the chapter has participated in a variety of activities, including but not limited to:
– Participating in the annual Service Day in Savage
– Volunteering with the Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women fundraising gala
– Offering Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Card making for kids
– Adopted and clean two parks in Savage
– Offered Personal Enrichment Courses to the public
– Offered open classes to learn how to Zumba, paddle board, belly dance, knit and more
– Held social events for members and those interested in learning more
We hope to encourage members to save energy and to hopefully win some funds for future projects.
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: Crystal Lamont
Team Story/Goal: Our goal is to help conserve energy and raise funds for elementary-high school volleyball programs at Waterville-Elysian-Morristown. We use our funds to buy volleyball equipment, strength training equipment, uniforms, and support team building activities. Please support Beat the Peak and WEM Volleyball!
SIGN UP for Beat the Peak
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!