AEC asks members to reduce electricity usage

AEC asks members to reduce electricity usage

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NEW MARKET (WATE) - Appalachian Electric Cooperative is asking its members to voluntarily reduce their electricity usage after setting an all-time system peak Monday night.

The utility peaked at 328 megawatts around 7:45 p.m. Monday as members used extra resources to heat their homes in the record-breaking cold temperatures.

The Tennessee Valley Authority issued a Power Supply Alert 2, which includes a voluntary emergency load curtailment for residential and commercial customers.

TVA says it reached a preliminary peak power demand of 32,460 megawatts at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, which is the second highest winter peak in TVA history.

In an effort to avoid potential outages, AEC is asking members to shed all unnecessary electric load until later Tuesday.

Actions that will have the greatest benefit include: turning the thermostat down a couple of degrees, postponing the use of electric appliances like dishwashers and clothes washers, and turning off non-essential lights, electronics and computer equipment.

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