5,000 TALO Milestone


TALO Program Reaches 5,000th Installation Milestone

In 2013, BrightRidge (then Johnson City Power Board) launched the TALO program. The goal of this program is to reduce the BrightRidge electric system’s peak demand during periods of high electricity usage.  Every transmission line, substation, distribution line and transformer are carefully designed to ensure the reliable delivery of electricity to every home and business we serve.  BrightRidge, like all electric service providers, designs our system to meet these demands every day.  And this is done while offering energy to you at an average price of less the $.10 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) used.

Each month, BrightRidge pays a peak demand charge to TVA.  This charge is based on the highest one-hour system demand for electricity.  For example, during hours of extreme temperatures the demand for electricity is at its highest.  When temperatures reach their coldest, typically in early morning hours during winter, most customers’ heat pumps are operating and their water heaters are in use.  As in winter, summer weather also causes high demands for electricity in the afternoon and evening hours when air conditioners are cooling our homes.

As the electric industry adapts to changing energy markets, finding ways to reduce purchased power costs is vital in maintaining system reliability and the lowest rates possible.  Through programs such as TALO, BrightRidge can work toward these goals with the help from our customers.  For more information on TALO and other BrightRidge programs, visit us online at www.brightridge.com, or call Energy Services and Marketing at 952-5142.


What is the estimated system demand reduction per device?

The estimated savings per device is .5KW, or 500 watts. Savings are higher in the colder months due to cold water coming into the tank, as well as general consumer habits. For example, winter peaks typically occur between 7:00 - 9:00 AM.  The likelihood of hot water being used for showers, etc. during those hours is higher than summer peaks, which typically occur between 4:00 - 6:00 PM.

What is the average time of a TALO event?

TALO events are almost always 2 hours in duration.

What is the estimated total peak reduced per event?

With 5,000 devices participating on average, the demand reduction would be 2,500 KW, or 2.5 MW per event.

On average, what are how many TALO devices are installed installs per month/week?

For 2017, we have averaged 70 installs per month, or 17 per week.

What months see the most TALO events?

Summer months typically will have the most events. Demand is generally driven by the weather, which would be warm weather in the summer. In summer, there are often several days in a row, or within a 10 - 12 day period, when temperatures are very similar. We could set a peak one day, then slightly exceed that peak a day or two later.  We refer to this as "chasing the peak.” In winter, it is more common to have a cold snap hit and set the peak. 

How many maintenance calls does BrightRidge receive?

For 2017 through October, we had a total of 84 water heater maintenance calls, which is just over 8 per month.  Since the program officially launched in 2013, all installations and water heater maintenance has been performed by in-house personnel.