Winter power record set for second day
By: The Associated Press
The Messenger 01.07.08
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Wintry temperatures began to warm across the Southeast, but not before the Tennessee Valley Authority set a winter peak power demand record for the second day in a row.
The nation’s largest public utility said Friday that power demand reached a new winter high at 8 a.m. CST Thursday when the average temperature was 17 degrees across the seven-state region.
Preliminary estimates were 31,854 megawatts — 1,317 megawatts more than the previous mark set on Wednesday, which itself broke a record set last Jan. 31.
TVA spokesman John Moulton said temperatures were warming and a third day of record demand was not expected.
TVA tapped its entire fleet of coal-fired, nuclear, hydroelectric, pumped-storage and combustion turbine plants to meet demand. Only one of five boilers at the coal-fired Colbert fossil plant and one of three reactors at the Browns Ferry nuclear station, both in Alabama, were offline and unable to contribute.
Winter demand still pales to summer at Knoxville-based TVA. The agency’s all-time peak power record of 33,482 megawatts was set last Aug. 16.
TVA supplies power to large industries and 159 power distributors that serve approximately 8.8 million consumers in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.
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