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TVA Calls to Reduce Power Demand

January 16, 2024

TVA’s Call to Local Power Companies to Reduce Power Demand During Extreme Cold

Extreme cold weather temperatures have created an unprecedented demand for energy on the power system across the Tennessee Valley today. The Tennessee Valley Authority and local power companies are working around the clock in difficult conditions to meet this extreme demand.  Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative’s power supplier, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), contacted us today at 2:15 p.m. and ask that we request those we serve to reduce their energy usage by practicing conservation over the next 24 hours in order to help them sustain the electric grid.  The voluntary actions to reduce energy demand outlined below are requested of the general public during this winter event and the need for conservation will likely subside within the next 24 hours.     

  • Lower thermostats by just one or two degrees – public safety is of utmost importance during dangerously cold weather, so don’t make big adjustments, but every degree lower could help save on future power bills… utilize blankets and alternate sources of heating to help keep warm;
  • Delay doing laundry or running a dishwasher until the warmest part of the day, avoid unnecessary cleaning activities;
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and electronics, and
  • When the sun is out, open window coverings on the sunny side of homes and offices, but close window coverings at night and when the sun isn’t brightly shining.

    TVA and Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative (FLEC) follow a detailed plan to reduce energy consumption during periods of high demand. Under most circumstances, we are able to do so without having to call upon those we serve to assist.  By taking the following proactive actions, we can work together to keep our electric supply stable during what is anticipated to be a record period of usage in the valley. 
                FLEC appreciates your willingness to help us.  We are working with TVA and we will share more information with you as it becomes available.  FLEC is a consumer-owned cooperative that provides safe, reliable and affordable energy to parts of Blount, Loudon, and Monroe Counties in east Tennessee.