TVA asks its customers to reduce their electricity consumption during heat waves | WJHL

(WJHL) – Mid-90s temperatures are looming in the Tri-Cities this week, and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Bristol Tennessee Essential Services (BTES) have asked customers to reduce their energy consumption to avoid failures.

TVA officials said in a press release that the system expects the highest June temperatures in more than a decade, which will push TVA’s peak demand to more than 30,000 megawatts (MW). . Electric services ask customers to reduce their consumption from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

TVA public information officer Jim Hopson said the voluntary power reduction could have its biggest impact on customers’ next electricity bills.

“It ends up saving you money because it prevents you from using the most energy during the highest demand period,” Hopson said.

Reductions can include postponing the use of electrical appliances, setting thermostats 2-3 degrees warmer, and turning off lights and other appliances that are not needed.

“At the request of TVA, BTES has joined TVA in reducing the electricity consumption of our facilities by adjusting thermostats, reducing lighting and taking other measures to reduce electricity consumption”, said Mike Browder, CEO of BTES. “The voluntary curtailment is necessary to ensure a continued supply of electricity throughout the Tennessee Valley region and avoid service interruptions.”

Despite expected high demand, Hopson said TVA would have adequate power as it is used to such high temperatures, but not so early in the year.

“We are not lacking in energy. We’re not looking at anything as drastic as power outages or brownouts,” Hopson said. “We are a long way from the record demand we would normally see for the VAT system over the summer.”

Hopson said TVA uses its cheapest sources of electricity first, then turns to alternatives as demand increases.

He said TVA might have to buy power during periods of high demand if it didn’t have enough from its own generation.

“We can ensure that we can provide reliable power at the lowest possible cost,” Hopson said. “In times of high demand, it creates a bit more of a challenge.”

But that fresh air inside the home comes at a cost, and Hopson wants customers to be prepared to avoid a hefty bill this month.

“Your HVAC system is typically one of the biggest energy consumers in your home,” Hopson said. “People have a tendency to overreact and will try to turn their thermostat up too high, which just forces your appliance to work harder when you need to cool it down later.”

Hopson also recommended closing blinds on the sunny side of the house to avoid additional heating inside.

Brightridge, which supplies power to Johnson City and Washington County, Tennessee, confirmed it would also recommend power reduction.

Appalachian Power, a supplier to Kingsport and much of southwest Virginia, said it did not notify customers of the need to reduce power.

TVA and BTES will keep status reports up to date throughout the heatwave, and crews will be working around the clock to ensure any outages are kept to a minimum.

Storm Team 11 predicted that the extreme heat could lead to severe to severe storms developing across the region.

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