A second polar vortex with temperatures in the low teens and single digits has caused high power demand. Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC), in cooperation with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), asks its members to voluntarily reduce electricity use until further notice. This will ensure enough power supply for essential services and hopefully avoid the need for electricity interruptions.
TVA is currently using all available generation resources. This includes the purchase of available wholesale power from neighboring utilities to supply the current demand. In addition, TVA and DREMC crews are working around the clock to ensure service to consumers. DREMC, as well as TVA and the remaining 157 distributors of TVA power, has already cut back on power use within cooperative facilities by adjusting thermostats, reducing lighting and taking other measures to conserve electricity within our facilities.
Residential, commercial and industrial members are being asked to cooperate in this voluntary load reduction effort. Consumers should:
- Delay using electric appliances such as dishwashers, dryers and cooking equipment until the power supply crisis is over.
- Reduce the use of heating by adjusting thermostats down two to three degrees from the regular setting.
- Turn off non-essential lights, appliances and other electrical equipment.
Status reports on this emergency power supply situation will be provided on local radio stations, in newspapers and on news Web sites. Your cooperation and assistance is greatly appreciated.