Extremely cold temperatures dogged our region overnight, significantly increasing power demands on both BRMEMC and TVA. TVA’s power system set a preliminary all-time peak winter demand record estimated at 33,345 megawatts on Friday morning, January 24 (at 8 am EDT), with an average valley-wide temperature of 7 degrees. This demand record exceeds TVA’s previous winter peak by 773 MW set in January of 2009. TVA achieved this record without major interruption of the grid in any region of the Valley. The current all-time record demand in TVA’s history still remains 33,482 MW set in August of 2007.
At 1:00 pm (EDT) TVA cancelled the request for conservative operations made to its 155 power distributors’ residential member-customers due to moderating temperatures across the Valley. Both TVA & BRMEMC are monitoring the next round of cold weather anticipated to move in toward the middle part of next week, and will work to keep customers notified of any additional alerts.
BRMEMC General Manager Matthew Akins commented that, “TVA and BRMEMC worked together to deliver record winter electricity to our member-customers, and accomplished this without major interruption to either the TVA or BRMEMC electric systems. Credit is due our members for helping with conservation of use during this time. TVA’s diverse portfolio of generation assets was also key to this success. To meet this morning’s record demand TVA received 29% of its power from coal-fired plants, 21% from nuclear plants, 24% from natural gas plants, 12% from hydroelectric dams, 2% from wind farms, and 12% from power market purchases.”
BRMEMC will continue to update the status of the TVA power system as such information becomes available. We will make efforts to notify the local radio stations, and other media outlets including those on the Internet like BRMEMC’s website (www.brmemc.com) as we are notified of changes. Please contact BRMEMC for further information about this request at (706) 379-3121.
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