Not Everybody Gets to Take Off for Thanksgiving Holiday

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) – Electricity use will go up tomorrow morning as families prepare their Thanksgiving meals.
That’s one of the little known facts that TVA and your local power companies have to plan for.
Somebody has to make sure it’s done right—and that means technical staff is working on holidays.
Now, an inside look at TVA employees taking care of business.

This control room is where the decisions are made: how to make sure there’s plenty of power available; how to deal with periods of low demand, like Thanksgiving Day After the big meal.

SHANNON BROWN, TVA "Turkey time..anywhere from 8 to 9 or 9:30..we’re going to see those ovens..we’re going to notice it, we’re going to notice the power demand increase ..we’re ready for it."

But that generated power has to go somewhere–

JERRY WYNNE "Everyone knows about the peak, and how they can be difficult…but the generators..especially the coal plants and nuclear plants and all…they have minimum levels that they can operate at..to be able to maintain a stable unit."

And like millions of other Americans..the folks at this control room in downtown Chattanooga will be here on Thanksgiving Day.

SHANNON BROWN, TVA SYSTEM AUTHORITY "If I couldn’t be with my family at home on a holiday, I couldn’t pick a better group of people to spend the holiday with. We are a family, we spend a lot of time together…12 hours at a time ..somedays…6 or 7 days in a row….so we get to know each other pretty well."

JERRY WYNNE, SR. SCHEDULING MANAGER "But its not about just the people in this room…the people at the plants, at the generating stations are in the same boat. They are out there working 24/7 also. We couldn’t do what we do without the people at the plants. The nuclear plants, the coal plants , the gas plants ..they’re all there doing the same thing."

Just a close look at some people who will have their turkey dinner with the family—a little later that everybody else.

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