TVA meets second-highest power demand

From Staff Reports

   Temperatures averaging 94 degrees in major cities across the state contributed Monday to Tennessee Valley Authority meeting the second-highest summertime power demand ever in the Tennessee Valley.
   According to TVA, the agency used all available generating units from its coal, nuclear, hydro and gas plants to meet the 5 p.m. CDT peak demand of 29,052 megawatts. The all-time record for highest power usage is 29,344 megawatts, set Aug. 17, 2000, when temperatures hit 99 degrees.
   TVA has completed construction on eight new gas turbines with 680 megawatts of capacity to help meet peak power demand this summer. The agency also has added equipment and made improvements to the power system. With milder temperatures this week, the power demand is expected to moderate.