TVA System Passes Peak Electricity Demand Period

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority power system passed a critical demand period early Tuesday from the bitter cold wave and electricity use is coming down.

TVA said it appreciates all the efforts by local power companies to reduce voltage, along with any appeals for power conservation locally during the heaviest demand period Tuesday morning.

TVA’s power system reached a preliminary peak power demand of 32,460 megawatts at 8 a.m. central time on Tuesday with the Valley’s average temperature at 4 degrees.  This is the second highest winter peak in TVA history.

TVA’s record winter demand is 32,572 megawatts set on Jan. 16, 2009 when temperatures averaged 9 degrees, and TVA’s all-time record is 33,482 megawatts set on Aug. 16, 2007 when temperatures average 102 degrees.

TVA expects the cold weather to continue through Wednesday and electricity use to remain high. TVA is continuing an in-house conservation effort to reduce electricity use in TVA facilities.

Consumers can help reduce their power bills by using energy-saving tips available on TVA’s EnergyRight Solutions website at and through their local power companies.

-Information issued by TVA