The summer heat is expected to continue across the region this week, driving up demand for the reliable energy TVA and PES supplies.

On Monday, June 21, power demand peaked at 30,413 megawatts, the 8th highest June peak in TVA history.

So far this month, the early summer heat wave has produced six 30,000+ megawatt demand days, all safely supplied through our reliable and resilient public power system:

  • Monday, June 13 – 31,311 megawatts, the 2nd highest June power demand in TVA’s history
  • Tuesday, June 14 – 30,072 megawatts, the 11th highest power demand for June on record and the first time we’ve had back-to-back 30,000+ megawatts days in June since 2012.
  • Wednesday, June 15 – 30,784 megawatts, the 4th highest June power demand on record.
  • Thursday, June 16 – 31,615 megawatts, a new all-time record demand for the month of June and the first time we’ve experienced two 31,000+ megawatts days in June and setting a new record for the most consecutive 30,000+ megawatt demand days in June.
  • Tuesday, June 21 – 30,414 megawatts, the 9th highest June power demand on record.
  • Wednesday, June 22 – 30,723 megawatts, the 7th highest June power demand on record.

TVA builds margins into our system planning to help ensure the power grid remains stable and secure during high demand periods, even with the increased load and economic growth seen in the pandemic recovery.

High power demand – especially during peak hours of 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. local time – directly contributes to higher future power bills so, to help save money, we encourage consumers and businesses to join us in cutting back usage during those hours.

There are some simple ways to help reduce power use without significantly impacting your comfort:

  • Turn your thermostat up just one degree and use fans to circulate air.
  • Close the window covering 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.

High temperatures are expected to continue throughout the summer, so we (PES and TVA) will remain focused on ensuring your electricity remains reliable during these extreme conditions.