Appalachian Power asks Customers to Conserve Electricity During Cold Snap

By: The Associated Press; Dan Griffin Email
By: The Associated Press; Dan Griffin Email

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- With temperatures plunging back to zero it's hard to think about turning your heat down.

But that's exactly what Appalachian Power is asking its customers.

That means lowering the demand and that's where you come in.

Officials are asking people to voluntarily conserve energy during peak usage hours.

That's from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Things you can do to help include turning down the thermostat a few degrees and hold off using major appliances like stoves, dishwashers and dryers.

This isn't the first time customers have been asked to help conserve energy, but the last time there was such a high demand was back in 2009.

"We surpassed that on January 7th of this year and that was the highest usage our customers had in the history of Appalachian Power, and you know, our system performed well during that time, we expect it to perform well today as well," said AEP Spokesperson, Phil Moye.

Extra power crews are on standby tonight just in case there are any outages. This way they can make repairs as quickly as possible.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Appalachian Power is asking its customers in West Virginia, Tennessee and Virginia to conserve electricity during the latest cold snap.

The utility says in a news release that PJM Interconnection has issued a call for voluntary conservation on Tuesday because of expected high demand. PJM operates the electricity grid for 13 states and the District of Columbia.

Appalachian Power vice president of distribution operations Phil Wright voluntarily conserving electricity lessens the likelihood of service interruptions.

Wright says Appalachian Power is confident that it will have sufficient capacity to serve all its customers.

Conservation measures include lowering the thermostat to the lowest comfortable level, and postponing using stoves, clothes dryers and other major appliances until mid-day or after 9 p.m.

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