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Temperatures prompt TVA energy warning

January 8, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Tennessee Valley Authority witnessed its second highest peak in its history Tuesday, which set off red flags that demanded a swift reaction, but only for a brief couple of hours.
With a preliminary peak demand of 32,460 megawatts at about 7 a.m. and an average temperature of 4 degrees, TVA shipped out an advisory to local power companies requesting that they reduce the voltage for a brief bout to help suppress the excess energy use.
According to a press release provided by 4-County Electric Power Association, the excess use of energy resulted in a “tight power supply situation,” which required a 5 percent voltage reduction. As per the release, the reduction served to reduce the amount of energy utilized by common household appliances, lighting and “other uses of electricity.”
John Turner, 4-County manager of public relations and marketing, equated the utilization of TVA’s energy by the public to a bucket of water, stating there’s a finite bundle of energy available for use at any given time.

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