As a heat wave grips the Tennessee Valley, the Tennesee Valley Authority is asking customers across the agency’s seven-state region to voluntarily reduce their power usage at certain times of the day.
Huntsville Utilities, which provides TVA-supplied power to customers across Madison County, said the policy will be in effect from 2-5 p.m. Monday. In voluntary curtailment, customers are asked to reduce electric consumption by turning off lights and not using major appliances during the hottest part of the day, such as ovens, dishwashers, washers and dryers, etc.)
Predicted temperatures are expected to be 95+ degrees across the Valley through Friday, and TVA is expecting voluntary curtailment to remain in effect daily until then. TVA spokesman Scott Fielder told News 19 that voluntary curtailment is standard policy during heat and cold waves and the regional power grid is stable; there is no immediate threat of blackouts or brownouts across the region. The curtailment is simply TVA and local power companies reducing power usage internally and an opportunity for customers to do their part and possibly save some money.
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