Posted: Tuesday, January 7th 2014 at 1:36pm
Record cold leads to near-record TVA power demand
By The Associated Press
The sign in front of the Independence Bank of Georgia on Green Street in Gainesville said it all Tuesday morning, except that it was colder in TVA territory.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Valley Authority preliminary figures show demand for power at 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday reached the second highest winter peak in TVA history.
According to the utility, which serves part of North Georgia along the Tennessee and North Carolina borders, preliminary power demand reached 32,460 megawatts as temperatures averaged 4 degrees across the TVA region. That is 112 megawatts less than the record winter demand set on Jan. 16, 2009, when temperatures averaged 9 degrees.
The utility had asked local power companies to try to reduce power usage, but by late morning, demand was decreasing. A TVA spokesman said the utility is was no longer requesting conservation measures from customers.
However, TVA was continuing in-house conservation measures.
TVA is the nation's largest public utility, supplying power to about 9 million people in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.
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