One 15-minute interval can have a significant impact on a business owner’s electric bill.

“The amount of electricity a mid-sized or large company actually uses is just one factor in their monthly bills,” said Scott Harrison, director of engineering and innovation for TXU Energy. “Monthly demand charges from the local utility company pay for the cost of maintaining the poles, wires and other infrastructure needed to power a company’s busiest 15 minutes of the month — or in some cases, the busiest 15 minutes of the past 12 months.”

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