The tight power supply situation on the TVA system has eased, and AUB electric power consumers may resume normal use of electricity.

            Cooperation by more the 8.5 million electric consumers in the TVA service area in reducing their use of electricity during the power shortage helped prevent the situation from becoming more critical. 

            Customers were asked to reduce electric power use because of extreme low temperatures.  The appeal was initiated after TVA and AUB initiated power reductions in their facilities by adjusting thermostats, reducing lighting and taking other measures to reduce electricity consumption.       

       TVA and AUB crews worked around the clock to make power available to consumers as quickly as possible.  At the same time, TVA ran all available generating units at full capacity, purchased available power from neighboring utilities, and curtailed delivery of electricity to large customers who purchase interruptible power.