LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Sweltering conditions caused by a major heat wave across the TVA region will result in Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) activating Beat the Peak™ from 3-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 22-23.
High temperatures forecasted for Friday and Saturday could reach the upper 90s, with heat indices well above 100 degrees due to the humidity. There is a possibility of heat advisories and warnings being issued.
DREMC projects demand peaks on Friday and Saturday afternoons due to air conditioning load.
Beat the Peak™ is a voluntary household energy reduction program that seeks to lower demand during the one hour of highest electricity use, when TVA wholesale power can cost more than $10 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).
“With the temperature levels that are being predicted, demand charges will be substantial,” says Steve Oden, DREMC’s director of Member Services. “We ask that our members try to conserve power over the peak hours when wholesale costs are the highest.”
DREMC projects the peak window on both days to start around 3 p.m. Demand will begin to decline by 5 p.m. over the service area.
“During this two-hour period, household energy conservation is very important,” Oden says.
“Turning up air conditioner thermostats by three degrees and taking other steps to conserve electricity will help buffer the demand penalties associated with these extreme temperatures.”
During the two-hour peak window on Friday and Saturday, DREMC members should:
- Adjust air conditioner thermostats. If the normal setting is 75 degrees, turning up the thermostat to 78 will help lessen demand.
- Defer hot water use. Give the electric water heater a break by not showering, running the dishwasher or using the washing machine.
- Avoid running the clothes dryer.
- Close window shades and curtains to block sunlight (UV radiation). If you have a swimming pool, turn off the water circulation pump.
- Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.
- Keep the oven turned off.
Thousands of DREMC members are enrolled in Beat the Peak™, but more are needed. To sign up for Beat the Peak™ email or text message alerts, go to www.dremc.com, or listen for DREMC peak alert broadcasts on local radio stations.