The extreme cold has significantly increased the demand for electricity, leading the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) to call on consumers to conserve electricity.
“Conserving electricity will help ensure power supplies can continue to meet the historic demand we are experiencing as heating systems work overtime to keep up with the frigid temperatures,” said PUC Chairman Robert F. Powelson. “Large electricity users have already been called upon to restrict usage. Residential consumers can do their part by postponing using appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers until the demand for electricity decreases.”
PJM Interconnection is the electricity grid operator for more than 61 million people in 13 states (including Pennsylvania) and the District of Columbia. PJM reached an all-time winter peak at 8 a.m. today. The next peak usage period is expected to be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight. PJM has requested consumers throughout its region to conserve electricity today.
“We echo PJM’s call for all consumers to join in conserving electricity today, especially during peak times,” Chairman Powelson said.
Simple conservation tips for residential consumers include:
Consumers should contact their electric utility if they experience an outage.
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