The Tennessee Valley Authority is reporting high energy demand across their generation and transmission system. As a result, West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative and other TVA local power companies are asking members to reduce their power use as much as possible until further notice. WKRECC’s large industrial members have also reduced usage to support this effort.
Based on how the situation develops, there is the possibility that 15-minute rolling blackouts would be used to further reduce usage; however, WKRECC has no immediate plans to use blackouts. If TVA decides that rolling blackouts are necessary, we will alert our members.
“The TVA power system remains stable, but we are dealing with extremely cold weather across the Valley and we want members to be prepared for all possibilities,” said WKRECC President & CEO David Smart.
You can help avoid that step by reducing your energy use as much as possible.
- Turn down the thermostat. Lowering the temperature just one degree can result in a savings of up to 3 percent.
- Turn off holiday lights, other room lights, televisions, and computers when not in use. A power strip can make this easier, and some provide surge protection.
- Delay using washing machines, dryers, dishwashers and high-energy-use appliances until later on Saturday afternoon when possible.
WKRECC has also cut back on power usage in its facilities by adjusting the thermostats, turning off lights and taking other steps to reduce power consumption.
We will carefully monitor any changes in conditions and will communicate any additional necessary actions as soon as possible.
Report power outages by calling 270-247-1321 or 1-877-4WKRECC. Automated phone lines are available 24 hours a day and will direct outage reports to emergency crews.
If you have questions, please call us at 1-877-495-7322 or reach out via the contact button on the homepage.