TVA reaches record power demand

From Staff Reports

   Hot summer temperatures led the Tennessee Valley Authority to meet an all-time power demand record on Tuesday due to increased power usage throughout the Tennessee Valley region.
   The peak power demand reached 29,878 megawatts at 6 p.m. as temperatures soared across the Valley with an average temperature of 92 degrees, according to information from the TVA.
   "The delivery of a record-breaking amount of power is evidence of the commitment of the men and women of TVA and our distributor partners to provide affordable, reliable power to homes and businesses in the Tennessee Valley," said TVA Chairman Glenn McCullough Jr. "All of the available generating units at TVA's coal, nuclear, hydro, combustion turbine, pumped-storage and renewable energy plants, and the transmission system contributed to the outstanding performance of our power system."
   The previous all-time record was 29,866 megawatts, which TVA met on Jan. 24, 2003 when temperatures in the TVA service region averaged 6 degrees. The previous summer peak was on Aug. 17, 2000 when the power demand was 29,344 megawatts.