ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – The continued freezing temperatures has caused a tight power supply situation. Springfield Electric Department and TVA is requesting all residential, commercial and industrial customers conserve electricity usage as much as possible until further notice.
This voluntary reduction is needed to help relieve stress on the electric system and assure a continued supply of power throughout the winter.
Customers are requested to:
Set thermostats at 68 degrees or lower.
Turn off all non-essential lighting, appliances, and processes.
Limit all cooking, especially in the oven, during the daytime.
Postpone all uses of hot water and electric dryers during the daytime.
Again, this is a temporary measure to reduce power consumption and bring relief to the electric system. Status reports on the power supply situation will be provided on radio, newspaper, and the local broadcast channel 3. We appreciate your cooperation.
CEMC asks Members to Voluntarily Reduce Electricity Use
Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation and The Tennessee Valley Authority are asking for a voluntary reduction in electricity use until Thursday afternoon as a result of frigid temperatures causing high demands 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.
“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.
Members 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 CEMC’s website, www.cemc.org, and on TVA’s Energy Right Solutions website, www.energyright.com.
TVA and the region’s 155 local power companies, which includes CEMC, have also cut back on power usage in their facilities by adjusting thermostats, reducing lighting and taking other steps to reduce electricity consumption.