‘This is like our Super Bowl’ | June sets record numbers for electricity demand in TVA

A TVA spokesperson said their systems are working well after they have spent time preparing for high demand during hot weather.

KNOXVILLE, TN – On Wednesday, the Tennessee Valley Authority said power demand reached about 30,725 megawatts at about 6 p.m., the seventh highest in June in TVA history.

“Over the past six days, we’ve reached over 30,000 megawatts of payloads,” said Scott Fidler, a spokesperson for TVA. “So, a huge amount of electricity is used. Thirty thousand megawatts is equivalent to about 17 million homes.”

The temperature in the area was around 97 degrees on Wednesday. Despite rising temperatures and rising electricity demand, Fiedler said the TVA system is still working well. He said crews spent a lot of time maintaining it, preparing the system for hot weather and high demand for electricity.

“This is like our Super Bowl,” he said. “This is the big game we’ve been preparing for all year round. People are counting on us, 10 million people in seven states and we’re here to perform.”

He said that demand for electricity usually rises between 1 pm and 6 pm, and he said that people can help them continue to provide electricity by reducing the demand for electricity during that period. He said they can raise their air conditioners by a few degrees, which also helps people save money on energy bills.

TVA said it has staff on site 24 hours a day monitoring the equipment, and they also said they have remote sensors in place to make sure their systems keep working. They also said they can quickly dispatch technicians to fix problems, ensuring homes continue to have electricity during periods of high demand.

“It’s a bit like the first half of baseball,” Fiedler said. “We have a long, hot summer ahead. We are preparing for the next event because it will happen. We just want to make sure everyone knows that we are here to ensure that this power continues to flow.”

Overall, he said, about 57% of electricity production was generated from TVAs without producing harmful carbon levels, with most of that electricity coming from nuclear facilities. It also generates electricity using hydroelectric facilities, solar power plants and wind power.

He also said they are in the process of adding more solar power plants. But before they can do that, they need additional natural gas facilities to ensure the TVA can continue to produce electricity reliably during the transition to non-polluting electricity sources.

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