Jan. 7– The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking for a voluntary reduction in electricity use until Thursday afternoon as a result of frigid temperatures causing high demand across the Southeast.
The request extends to all electric power consumers – residential, commercial and industrial customers.
Locally, Tennessee Valley Electric Cooperative is requesting its members to reduce their electric consumption where possible starting today at 5 p.m.
"Even though TVEC has ample distribution capacity to meet the increased load, the extreme cold will test our system," TVEC said in a news release. "Any help that you as members of TVEC can provide by reducing your electric usage during the extreme cold will be greatly appreciated."
The voluntary reduction will help ensure a continued supply of power to essential services throughout TVA’s seven-state service territory and avoid interruptions of service.
TVA said this morning that all its available generating resources are being used to meet the peak power demand. TVA’s bulk electric system remains secure and stable at this time.
“When it’s below freezing, each time the temperature drops one degree another 400 megawatts of electricity is needed for our system,” said Jacinda Woodward, senior vice president of TVA Transmission and Power Supply. “Setting your thermostat 2-3 degrees below normal this evening and Thursday morning can really help TVA manage the high power demand during this challenging time.”
Wednesday’s peak power demand is expected to occur this evening as regional temperatures are forecast to drop into single digits causing electricity demand to exceed 31,000 megawatts. Another peak demand will occur again Thursday morning with electric loads peaking around 32,600 megawatts. In comparison, demand was just below 32,500 megawatts during the height of the cold wave on Jan. 7, 2014.
Consumers can reduce their power consumption and lower their power bills by: