EPB implementing Rolling Blackouts at request of TVA

UPDATE:  TVA has lifted the requirement for power companies to reduce power. EPB released the following statement.

 

“As of 11:30 a.m. on December 24, TVA indicated mandatory power reductions will no longer be needed. Currently, TVA indicates they do not expect more will be needed before the end of the arctic blast. Should TVA require power reductions again, EPB will exhaust all available options to minimize impact on customers before resorting to brief, controlled outages. Critical community service providers such as hospitals will not be affected by any such measures and were not affected by the process earlier today.”

Any power outages remaining in the area are stemming from issues not related to rolling blackouts at this time.
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ORIGINAL STORY:

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- EPB is implementing rolling blackouts at the request of the Tennessee Valley Authority due to the frigid Arctic temperatures.

EPB released the following statement this morning:

“With temperatures continuing in the single digits, TVA is requiring local power companies to reduce electric load to ensure the stability of TVA’s generation and transmission grid. This may necessitate brief power outages for EPB customers lasting about 15 minutes that may reoccur periodically. We will do this in a controlled way to minimize impact for customers as much as possible.

Tips to reduce the need for further disruptions:

  • Please keep your thermostat at a normal setting or reduce by 1-2 degrees if you can do so safely.
  • Be sure to keep your thermostat setting consistent during any brief interruptions. Cranking up your HVAC can cause further problems.
  • Avoid using clothes washers, dryers, dishwashers and other major appliances.
  • Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible.
  • Keep your phone fully charged and ready to hand.
  • Gather flashlights and other supplies you may need.

Continue to monitor EPB.com and our social media channels for updates.”

As of 9:23 AM, nearly 15,000 customers in Hamilton County were without power. Be prepared for periodic power outages throughout the day.

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