TVA electricity conservation request could happen again this week

TVA electricity conservation request could happen again this week

These really low temperatures have driven power demand to its highest peak since 2015.

It caused thousands to lose power in our region.

Because of the cold, TVA requested a reduction of power usage from customers.

The average temperature Tuesday morning in the TVA service area was 11 degrees.

This was the highest peak the company has seen since February 2015.

As a precautionary method, TVA and 154 power companies asked customers to voluntarily reduce their use of electricity.

This included Bristol customers.

"It was to keep an emergency from happening. Even if they lost some generators it would keep an emergency from happening," BTES CEO Mike Browder said.

In addition to lowering the heat, folks were asked to postpone using appliances and turning off lights.

The request lasted about five hours. Browder said they thought it would've been longer, but cooperation from 9 million customers helped the situation from becoming more critical.

Browder said while some customers may have felt inconvenienced, it actually helps them save money.

"If we had more generation available, that would be spending more money so all that money TVA spends, we have to collect in our electric bills," he said.

He said he recommends keeping your home at 68 degrees.

"It's about 5% more in their bill for each degree up, so if it's at 73 instead of 68, that's 25% more energy than would be used at that setting," Browder said.

That's how warm Robert Holt keeps his home.

But in situations where customers are asked to lower the heat, he hopes people who keep their homes warmer than recommended, will take notice of efforts to conserve.

"If I turn mine down 2 more degrees or 3 degrees, I couldn't stand it in the house it would be too cold," Holt said.

Browder said with colder temperatures forecasted later this week, another conservation request could happen.

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