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TVA issues Power Supply Alert, urges customers to conserve electricity

TVA issues Power Supply Alert, urges customers to conserve electricityā€¯

With temperatures falling into single digits across most of the Tennessee Valley this morning, TVA expects to reach its highest winter power demand today since 2015.

MLGW suggests turning your thermostat down at night (and covering up with an extra blanket) and lowering your thermostat when you're not at home. But the respite is brief with temps expected by the Nationa Weather Service to stay below freezing for the rest of the week.

Examples of steps customers can take include allowing clothes to air dry instead of using electric clothes dryers, temporarily taking short showers instead of filling bathtubs, powering off all lights, appliances and other electronics when not in use and using microwaves instead of ovens for food preparation, said DU spokesman Joe Holmes.

Customers conserving power would help maintain a margin of available power in case something should happen like a large nuclear or coal unit going offline, according to TVA.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking those who live across the Tennessee Valley to cut their energy usage.

The plan requires all customers in the territory to conserve their use of electric power as much as possible.

Postpone using electric appliances such as dishwashers, dryers and cooking equipment. "As always, TVA, the Alcoa Electric Department and other local utilities are working around the clock to make power available to consumers".

Status reports on the power situation will be provided for the duration of the event.



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