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Cold Weather Pushes Electricity Use Higher

Pennyrile Electric Cooperative and TVA are requesting the public to conserve electricity, beginning this afternoon until further notice. The call for conservation is prompted by the expected frigid weather.

The request is being made throughout the region served by TVA, which includes 80,000 square miles in the southeastern United States, including almost all of Tennessee and parts of Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Demand for electricity within the TVA region is expected to increase because of the extremely cold weather. Pennyrile Electric asks members to conserve electricity, if health permits –(until the request is canceled by TVA).  Members can take simple electricity conservation steps:

• Set thermostats lower than usual, if health permits,

• Postpone using major electric appliances such as stoves, dishwashers and clothes dryers until the demand for electricity decreases, and

• Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using.

Conserving electricity will help ensure adequate power supplies. TVA continues to carefully monitor the power supply conditions. It will do everything possible to keep power flowing in the Valley.

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