Updated: It's cold and TVA wants you to be colder

Jan 02, 2018 at 11:07 am by Voice Wire

TVA releases us to use as much electricity as we want. 

"The critical power supply situation on the TVA system has erased, and electric power consumers may resume normal use of electricity, TVA and the 155 local power companies in the Tennessee Valley announced today."


With temperatures hovering in the single digits and wind chills dropping below zero, we are all using more electricity than usual.

The high demand across the TVA service territory has caused a critical power supply situation, and TVA is asking all electric power consumers to reduce their use of electricity as much as possible until further notice.

The high on Monday was excepted to hit the upper 20s and with a low at about 10 degrees. Wednesday is supposed to breach the freezing mark. But the respite is brief with temps expected by the Nationa Weather Service to stay below freezing for the rest of the week. 

A voluntary reduction is needed to help ensure a continued supply of power to essential services throughout the Tennessee Valley and to avoid interruptions in service.

TVA is using all available resources, including the purchase of available power from neighboring utilities. TVA and local power companies are working around the clock to make power available to consumers.

TVA and local power companies also have to cut back on power usage in their facilities by adjusting thermostats, reducing lighting, and taking other measures to reduce electricity consumption.

Officials of the 155 local power companies in the Tennessee Valley are asking all electric power consumers – residential and industrial – to cooperate in reducing power usage during this critical situation. Consumers should:

  • Postpone using electric appliances such as dishwashers, dryers, and cooking equipment.
  • Reduce the use of heating by adjusting thermostats to 60o F.
  • Turn off nonessential lights, appliances, and other electrical equipment.

 Status reports on the power situation will be provided on local radio and television for the duration of the power shortage.

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