EPB Sets Record For Power Demand On Bitterly Cold Day; TVA Has 2nd-Highest Demand

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

EPB set a new record for electric power demand at 9 a.m. Tuesday when the downtown Chattanooga temperature was 7 degrees. 

System load peaked at 1,327 megawatts, shattering the old record of 1,302 megawatts set in August, 2007. 

As of midday, the number and duration of power outages continues to decrease, with a little more than 100 customers out. 

Since temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing until Wednesday afternoon, it is possible scattered, brief outages may occur. 

Officials said, "EPB wants to thank all of our customers for their understanding and patience, and their efforts to conserve power when TVA issued their emergency conservation plan for a brief time this morning.The Tennessee Valley Authority power system passed a critical demand period early Tuesday from the bitter cold wave and electricity use is coming down." 

Officials said they appreciate all the efforts by local power companies to reduce voltage, along with any appeals for power conservation locally during the heaviest demand period Tuesday morning.


 The Tennessee Valley Authority power system met near-record electricity demand as arctic air swept across the Valley, culminating with single-digit temperatures Tuesday morning.

“My sincere thanks to everyone across the TVA Valley for helping keep the lights on and our customers informed throughout this extreme winter event,” said Tim Ponseti, vice president of TVA Transmission Operations and Power Supply.

“There was extraordinary effort and great teamwork under challenging and fast changing circumstances,” he said. “Meeting back-to-back peak loads over 31,500 megawatts on Monday night and Tuesday morning, coupled with extremely low temperatures, took a tremendous amount of preparation, coordination and quick action.”

Ponseti said TVA appreciated the efforts of local power companies to reduce voltage, along with local appeals for power conservation. Those appeals are now lifted, though consumers can always find benefits from energy-saving information on TVA’s EnergyRight Solutions website athttp://www.energyright.com and from local power companies.

TVA’s power system reached a preliminary peak power demand of 32,490 megawatts at 8 a.m. EST on Tuesday with the Tennessee Valley’s average temperature at 4 degrees, a slight upward adjustment from early calculations.

This is the second highest winter power peak in TVA history and the lowest average temperature since a 3-degree average on Feb. 5, 1996. Temperatures around the Valley at the time had Nashville and Knoxville at 1 degree, Chattanooga and Huntsville at 5 degrees, and Memphis at 9 degrees.

TVA’s peak demand on Monday was 31,599 megawatts, set at 8 p.m. ESTwith Valley temperatures averaging 10 degrees. Tennessee Valley homes and businesses used the third most electricity in a 24-hour period in TVA history on Monday ? 678 gigawatt-hours.

Ponseti said directly served customers of TVA and customers of local power companies on interruptible power contracts provided more than 1,000 megawatts of additional capacity to TVA when needed most by curbing their power use for short periods. Without their efforts, TVA’s peak electricity demand could have set all-time records, he said.

TVA’s record winter demand is 32,572 megawatts, set on Jan. 16, 2009, when temperatures averaged 9 degrees, and TVA’s all-time record is 33,482 megawatts, set on Aug. 16, 2007, when temperatures averaged 102 degrees.

TVA expects the cold weather to moderate with lows in the mid-teens and highs in the low 40s on Wednesday, and temperatures returning to highs in the 50s by Friday. TVA ended an in-house power conservation effort on Tuesday, though TVA remains in a “power supply alert” mode as a precaution until power reserves are fully restored.


Man Says Former Female Acquaintance Helped Carry Out Home Invasion Of His Residence

A man told police a woman who previously spent the night several times at his residence helped carry out a home invasion at his home. Dylan Moore picked Briona Lishae Turner, 19, of 8319 Iris Dr., out of a lineup. She was charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary. In the incident on Saturday, Moore said someone repeatedly rang the doorbell at his home on McDonald ... (click for more)

Police Blotter: Intoxicated Alabama Fan Threatens To Kill Clerk Who Dropped His Change; Heart-Broken Girlfriend Takes Revenge

A clerk at the Mapco on East Brainerd Road said a white male wearing an Alabama ball cap threatened to "kick his a--." The clerk said he dropped the customer's change, causing the Tide fan to become angry. In addition to saying he was going to beat him up for dropping the change, he said he was going to kill him in the process. He told the clerk he would be back at 10 p.m. ... (click for more)

Beyond Freedom Of Speech

Yes, most people know about the First Amendment to our Constitution, "The right, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction."  I being a "deplorable" draw the line when people block traffic, try to disrupt, and even stop an activity through malice and disregard for others. Case being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What Else $3 Can Mean

Orchard Knob Middle School, located on North Highland Park Avenue in Chattanooga, led every other secondary school in the state of Tennessee last year with 6.8 percent of its students expelled. So as people are working feverishly to keep the school from being taken over by the state’s Department of Education, allow me to pose a question. Last Friday during the last period of ... (click for more)

Shulman Leads McCallie Past Calhoun In MLK Hoops

The inaugural MLK King of the Court day of basketball action at UTC’s Maclellan Gym is now in the books and there were some pretty good games despite only one of the five games being relatively close. The GPS Bruisers came from behind to beat Van Buren County by a 51-45 final, but the average margin of victory for the other four games was a whopping 26.25 points. Those other ... (click for more)

Warren Replaces Martinez As Vols Secondary Coach

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --  The Tennessee football program announced Monday that Charlton Warren  has agreed to terms to become the defensive backs coach for the Vols. Warren served as defensive backs coach at North Carolina the last two seasons and also has spent time on the Nebraska and Air Force coaching staffs. Willie Martinez  will not be returning after ... (click for more)