By John Howell Sr.
Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association (TVEPA) customers are asked to reduce consumption of electricity as generating demands on the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) rise to record highs, TVEPA spokesman Margaret Russell said.
No curtailments are slated, Russell said during a Thursday morning interview. “It’s on a day-to-day basis,” she added, but the probability of curtailment remains “medium high,” Russell added.
“They’re about maxed out right now, if any little thing goes wrong …” Russell said of the Tennessee Valley Authority which provides electricity to TVEPA. For nine consecutive days, demand on the TVA system has exceeded 30,000 megawatts.
“The previous record was five days,” Russell said. Tuesday peak reached 32,472 megawatts, she continued. “Six of the last seven days the TVA load exceeded 30,000 megawatts.”
Russell urged TVEPA customers to set air conditioner thermostats higher and use fans to move air. She also said that turning out lights not only reduces the amount of electricity needed but eliminates the additional heat generated. She said that air conditioners are currently consuming far more electricity to bring inside temperatures down from the 100-degree temperatures on the outside. “That’s why your bills are so much higher,” Russell said.
TVEPA is “working really hard to make sure we have the capacity to serve the needs of the system,” she said.