The Tennessee Valley Authority said that the preliminary peak power demand for the morning of Jan. 17 was 34,526 megawatts at a system average temperature of 4 degrees, setting an all-time TVA record.
The previous record was 33,482 MW in August 2007.
“Extremely cold temperatures across the region continue to drive up the demand for electricity. The TVA electric grid is stable, and our generating facilities are performing well,” TVA said.
On Jan. 16, TVA said that heavy snow and bitter cold temperatures were creating record high demand for electricity across the Southeast region. As a result, it asked customers to be aware of their power consumption, specifically between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. CT on Jan. 17.
In a video message posted on TVA’s social media channels on Jan. 16, TVA CEO Jeff Lyash provided an update on power use during the extremely cold weather, noting that “our employees are working around the clock to keep everyone safe and warm during the bitterly cold weather we’re experiencing.”
He asked customers -- if it is safe to do so -- to conserve electricity between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. CT on Jan. 17.