The Tennessee Valley Authority has had its two highest days of electricity demand in nine years, since 2012, on Wednesday and Thursday.
Thursday’s preliminary peak power demand was 30,340 megawatts at 6 p.m. Eastern time at a regional average temperature of 92 degree Fahrenheit, TVA said.
Wednesday and Thursday were the highest peak demands since July 26, 2012, TVA said.
The public utility said it plans for situations like this heat wave and tries to provide constant power.
TVA recommended customers turn up their thermostat even one degree during the hottest part of the day, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., and avoid any unnecessary power use.
TVA also recommended that people wash their dishes and clothes in the morning or later at night, and turn off lights and unneeded electrical items.
“We are all impacted during this heat wave and, by helping conserve electricity where possible, we all can contribute to maintaining safe and reliable power for everyone at the lowest feasible cost,” TVA said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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