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PJM power grid sees record demand due to the cold

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 7, 2014 11:17 AM
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(Valley Forge) -- Electricity demand has spiked across central and eastern states hit by severe cold, and power grid authorities are asking people to conserve energy when possible.  

Officials with PJM Interconnection say there was record winter demand this morning, and another record may be set this afternoon. 

Scattered outages were reported across the midstate today.

PJM is a regional organization based in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. It manages the wholesale power supply for all or part of 13 states, including Pennsylvania.

It's asking customers who can to conserve energy between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and also  asking all power generators to be ready to supply emergency levels of electricity.  

PJM serves Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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