published Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

TVA, EPB, other utilities ask customers to reduce power usage despite freezing temps

Update at 11:08 a.m.: EPB reports that TVA has cancelled its energy curtailment request, so the utility is no longer asking customers to help conserve power.

Multiple electric utilities are asking customers to reduce their power usage despite dangerous freezing temperatures outside.

The call to turn down thermostats comes after utilities say the Tennessee Valley Authority asked them to reduce power usage in their areas.

Chattanooga municipal utility EPB and Cleveland Utilities say TVA made the request this morning.

EPB reports that power outages are occurring due to the extreme cold and that crews are working on the scattered outages as fast as possible.

In addition, the electric cooperative that serves more than a dozen Middle Tennessee counties is calling for people to turn off non-essential appliances.

Residents served by Duck River Electric Membership Cooperative are asked by the utility to turn their thermostats down by three to four degrees to help offset peak levels of demand, according to officials.

Cooperative members should also turn off lights and electrical devices when the rooms they're in are not occupied and postpone or limit hot water use until the weather begins to warm.

Around 10 a.m., TVA reported that it passed its expected power peak for today.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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