TVA Calls For Power Conservation
The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking for a voluntary reduction in electricity use until Friday morning 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.
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.
All of TVA’s available generating resources are being used to meet the peak power demand. TVA’s bulk electric system remains secure and stable at this time.
Current weather forecasts indicate that below-freezing temperatures will remain across the Valley region from Wednesday evening until Friday afternoon. Power demand will be high during this period and will approach a possible all-time record early Thursday morning as temperatures are expected to range from single digits to below zero throughout the service area. TVA’s all-time record power demand was 33,482 megawatts on August 16, 2007, when temperatures averaged 102 degrees.
“When it’s below freezing, each time the temperature drops one degree another
400 megawatts of electricity is needed for our system,” said JacindaWoodward, 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.”
Consumers can reduce their power consumption and lower their power bills by:
• Turning down the thermostat. Lowering the temperature just one degree can result in a savings of up to 3 percent.
• Postpone using electric appliances such as dishwashers, dryers and cooking equipment.
• Turn off nonessential lights, appliances, electronics and other electrical equipment.
Additional tips for saving on your power bill and reducing electric demand can be found on TVA’s EnergyRight Solutions website.
TVA and the region’s 155 local power companies, which includes Cleveland Utilities, are cutting back on power usage in their own facilities by adjusting thermostats, reducing lighting and taking other steps to reduce electricity consumption.
In preparation for the increased demand, TVA issued an internal "Conservative Operation Alert" on Monday, which delays any non-emergency maintenance activities at TVA’s generation and transmission facilities to minimize risks to the power supply. As a further precaution, TVA initiated a "Power Supply Alert," which notes that demand could reach a level where an unexpected shutdown of a large generating unit or transmission system interchange could reduce TVA’s power supply reserves.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.