ATHENS, Tenn. – The extreme cold across the entire Valley has caused a tight power supply situation across the Tennessee Valley.  As a result, TVA and AUB ask that all electric power customers reduce their use of electricity as much as possible until further notice.

The voluntary reduction is needed to help ensure a continued supply of power to essential services throughout the Tennessee Valley region and avoid interruptions in service.

TVA is operating all available generating plants at full capacity, and crews from TVA and local distributors of TVA power are working around the clock to make power available to customers.

TVA and local power companies also have cut back on power use in their facilities by adjusting thermostats, reducing lighting and taking other measures to reduce electricity consumption.

Officials of the 155 local power companies served by TVA ask all electric power customers—residential, commercial and industrial—to cooperate in reducing power usage during this critical situation.

Customers should:

  • Turn off lights, appliances, and electrical equipment when not in use and until absolutely needed.
  • Reduce the use of heating by adjusting thermostats to 68 degrees.
  • Postpone all uses of hot water and avoid using electric dryers.
  • Limit all cooking.

Status reports on the power situation will be provided via local broadcast, print and social media platforms.