Tennessee Valley Authority calls for reduction in power use due to 'critical situation'


NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is calling on consumers to voluntary reduce power use in order to meet high demands.

With single-digit temps piercing the state, the TVA says demand has caused a critical power supply situation and a voluntary reduction is needed to "ensure a continued supply of power from neighboring utilities."

The TVA says peak demand this morning by consumers drove power use to it's highest level since 2015.

Aside from lowering your power bill, the TVA says small changes by consumers can help keep power service during this cold snap.

The TVA says lowering your thermostat by 1-2 degrees during peak hours of 6-9 a.m. each morning can help, as would taking a shower in the evening instead of the morning.

In addition, the TVA says consumers should postpone using appliances such as dishwashers, dryers, and cooking equipment. Turning your thermostat to 60 degrees today, and turning off nonessential lights and other electrical equipment will help during this "critical situation."

The TVA says they are using all available resources, including the purchase of available power from neighboring utilities to avoid interruptions.

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