Electricity Demand Record

The Tennessee Valley Authority says the heat wave pushed electricity demand to record levels for a second consecutive day.

TVA announced this morning that the power demand in the seven-state region reached 31-thousand-935 megawatts at five pm Eastern time yesterday.  That broke a previous an all-time peak record of 31-thousand-703 megawatts set Monday.

The average temperature across the Tennessee Valley was 95 degrees yesterday afternoon.  TVA supplies electricity to 62 industries and 158 distributors serving eight and a half million consumers in Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia.

The weather is moderating today as a cool front pushes through the region. During the heat wave, TVA met a peak demand of more than 29-thousand megawatts for a record seven straight days.