The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking customers to reduce their power usage in an effort to deal with subfreezing temperatures that are causing a high demand for electricity across the southeast.
TVA said in a statement that it expects demand to peak Thursday night and again Friday morning. The nation's largest public utility said it is using all generating resources to meet the demand.
"Historically we see more of a peek demand during the summer. But this winter, this is the second time in a month we've had this kind of demand expectations. So it's been colder than usual, for sure," explained Scott Brooks with TVA.
TVA said its bulk electric system remains secure and stable, but any reductions in usage can help ensure a continued supply of power and avoid interruptions of service.
The typical average household uses 1,400 kilowatts in a month. Overnight the TVA expects the demand to be more than 31,000 megawatts per hour across seven states.
Customers are asked to reduce usage through Friday afternoon.
The utility supplies power to about nine million people in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. *The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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