Appalachian Power asks customers to save power during 'polar vortex'

As arctic air and frigid temperatures drive demand for electricity, the energy grid operator that serves the Mid-Atlantic region January 7 asked Appalachian Power and its customers to help out by conserving energy.

PJM Interconnection operates the power grid that serves 61 million customers in Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The grid operator has asked the public to conserve electricity January 7, especially between the hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., when PJM predicts demand will hit record levels.

“Voluntarily conserving electricity can help ensure adequate power supplies for everyone and lessons the likelihood that service will be interrupted,” said Phil Wright, Appalachian Power’s vice president of distribution operations. “We are confident at Appalachian Power that we have sufficient capacity to serve all of our customers during this time of high demand. We will continue to monitor the power supply in cooperation with PJM to keep power flowing in the region and maintain the integrity and reliability of the system.”

PJM also asked Appalachian Power and other electricity providers to increase generation to emergency levels, manage load demands and issue a potential reduce voltage warning should conditions warrant further usage reductions.

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