TVA breaks record for winter power demand

TVA breaks record for winter power demand, lifts energy conservation request

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Valley Authority says it reached a record-breaking winter demand for electricity Friday morning and has lifted its public request for energy conservation.

TVA says an estimated 33,345 megawatts of electricity were used Friday morning when the average temperature across the region was 7 degrees.

"Lots of power demand this morning--as people were trying to get up and stay warm," said TVA Spokesperson Travis Brickey. 

Bricky says the amount is around 30 times the amount of power Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant is capable of producing.

This week marks TVA's highest demand for electricity since summer 2007 and the third highest in TVA history. The previous winter record was 32,572 megawatts set on Jan. 16, 2009.

TVA credits the combined efforts of TVA employees and generating facilities, coordination with 155 local power companies and large industrial customers, and the cooperation of businesses and households to conserve.

Twenty-nine percent of TVA's power came from coal-fired plants, 21 percent from nuclear plants, 24 percent from natural gas plants, 12 percent from hydroelectric dams, two percent from wind farms, and 12 percent from power market purchases.

Despite the high demand, area power providers reported only a handful of outages last night and reported that disruptions restored by today.

Having electricity is actually making life tough for North Knoxville resident Lisa Gastuch.

She says her latest monthly KUB bill was $401.00 to heat her home where she lives with her two teenage granddaughters, whom she provides for.

She says the high cost of the bills will force her to make sacrifices, like cutting down on money spent on gas.

"I take my granddaughters to school and from school-- but we don't make any necessary trips," said Gastuch.

KUB says high power demand will result in more costly utility bills, even when people take measures to reduce the amount of power used.           

"While you're doing things you can to conserve the energy and keep it down, it still drives the bill up a little bit more, just because it's cold outside," said KUB Spokeswomen Andrea May.

Public appeals to conserve energy are now lifted, but TVA is continuing its internal Conservative Operations Alert with more cold weather on the way next week.

The alert condition delays non-emergency maintenance activities at its generation and transmission facilities to minimize risks to the power supply.

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