Johnson City Power Board spokesman J.T. McSpadden said electric utility customers can resume normal usage after the area safely passed through peak hours.
Earlier this morning, the Tennessee Valley Authority alerted the Power Board that step 30 of its Emergency Load Curtailment Program had been enacted, which triggered an alert to customers asking them to reduce electricity consumption during the peak morning hours to reduce the likelihood of power shortages and brownouts.
At 10 a.m., McSpadden said the threat of shortages had passed, and said the curtailment program was reduced to step 10, which calls for minor usage reductions at Power Board facilities.
Here's the earlier report:
As a cold snap takes hold of the Tri-Cities region and beyond, leaders with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Johnson City Power Board are asking their customers to eliminate all non-essential electricity usage until further notice.
TVA alerted JCPB that they have enacted step 30 of their Emergency Load Curtailment Program, which calls for all customers to decrease their usage as much as comfortably possible to reduce the likelihood of power shortages.
Until further notice, power customers are asked to refrain from all non-essential electricity usage including using hot water from electric water heaters, washing clothes and dishes, and using any electrical lights and appliances.
JCPB is also implementing a voltage reduction plan and contacting its larger commercial and industrial customers to minimize usage within their respective facilities.
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