Apco asks customers to conserve electricity
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Appalachian Power is asking its customers in Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia to conserve electricity during the latest cold snap.
The utility said in a news release that PJM Interconnection issued a call for voluntary conservation Tuesday because of expected high demand. PJM operates the electricity grid for 13 states and the District of Columbia.
Appalachian Power Vice President of Distribution Operations Phil Wright said voluntarily conserving electricity lessens the likelihood of service interruptions.
Wright said Appalachian Power is confident it will have sufficient capacity to serve all its customers.
Conservation measures include lowering the thermostat to the lowest comfortable level, and postponing using stoves, clothes dryers and other major appliances until midday or after 9 p.m.