Pepco and PJM Ask Customers to Conserve Electricity
Frigid Temperatures Push Electricity Use Higher
Pepco, on behalf of PJM Interconnection, the electricity grid operator for more than 51 million people in 13 states and the District of Columbia, is asking its customers to conserve electricity. PJM’s call for conservation was promoted by extremely high demand for electricity because of continuing frigid weather and the weather-related loss of some generation.
Demand for electricity is expected to increase as the extremely cold weather lingers for the next several days. Pepco and PJM ask customers to conserve electricity, if health permits – especially from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Customers can take these simple electricity conservation steps:
Set thermostats lower than usual, if health permits
Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using.
Gather in a central room where you have alternative heat. At night, cover windows with drapes or blankets to minimize heat loss. During the day, open blinds to let sun warm the space.
Conserving electricity will help ensure adequate power supplies. Pepco will continue to carefully monitor power supply conditions.
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