After clouds and some rain gave us a slightly cooler start to the week, some of the hottest temperatures of the year so far are expected across the region over the next several days, and TVA and PES remain ready to keep you safe and comfortable.

TVA plans for higher demands during hot weather – even with the increased power needs of the area’s growing economy – and we have safety margins built into our resilient public power system.

The hard work and dedication of thousands of public power employees at TVA and your PES have reliably delivered the power the region has needed this summer:

  • On Wednesday, July 20, we successfully supplied a peak power demand of 31,161 megawatts, the 7th highest July peak in TVA history and the first time a July peak was above 31,000 megawatts since 2008.
  • So far in July, we’ve already safely supplied more than 30,000 megawatts on four different days.
  • In June, we successfully supplied five of the top 10 power demands ever experienced during the month of June.
  • TVA has experienced no demand-related outages this summer.

While we continue to keep your power safe and stable, there are some simple ways for you to save a your business or home on future power bills:

  • Turn your thermostat up just one degree and use fans to circulate air.
  • Close window coverings on the sunny side of your home or office.
  • If possible, avoid using ovens, dishwashers, clothes dryers and other appliances that generate heat in your home until later in the evening or early in the morning.

During periods of exceptionally high power demand, we do ask that consumers join us (TVA & PES) in voluntarily conserving power whenever possible, but especially during the peak hours of 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. In addition to lowering your future power bills, it helps ensure that the power system remains safe and stable for everyone.

More heat is expected in the coming days and weeks, but your public power team is continuing to take the necessary steps to ensure your electricity remains reliable during these extreme conditions.