Power Companies Handling Peak Demand
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY; MAYFIELD, KY - The record-breaking heat over the last week has caused a lot of people to stay inside, depending on their air-conditioning to stay comfortable. So, how have utility companies handled the demand for power?
Brent Shultz, Customer Operations & Marketing Manager for Mayfield Electric and Water Systems, is glad they have had no problems.
He said their systems are operating and stable under these extreme conditions, and no advisories have been issued to their electric or water customers. Shultz added they are ready for some relief from the drought and the heat for all of their customers.
That's a sentiment that other representatives of power companies echoed this week, as power consumption broke records, too. TVA released an advisory to customers who use their power, offering tips on saving energy, especially during the peak demand period of 2:00 - 8:00 pm, when temperatures are highest, and when people return home from work or school.
TVA data shows that peak demand on Friday, June 29 set a record of 31,097 megawatts, and Saturday and Sunday's demand set weekend records, too. They estimate that demand this weekend will exceed 30,000 megawatts.
Izell White, Jackson Purchase Electric Cooperative's Vice President of Human Resources & Member Relations, said their systems are handling the load just fine, and haven't had any issues. They have not issued any advisories, either, but added that they try to remind their members that saving energy is a year-round lifestyle, not just something to attempt in extreme heat or cold.
Andrea Underwood, Director of Community Relations & Marketing at Paducah Power System, told WestKentuckyStar that their power demand has been a non-issue, and that it is nowhere close to the record demand of 161 megawatts, which occurred in 2003.
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