PJM Power Grid Operator Requests Your Reduction in Electricity Today 1/7/14

PJM Interconnection Asks Everyone to Reduce Your Power Consumption from 3-7pm Today!

PJM is recommending that everyone conserves their electricity usage today (January 7, 2014) to ensure that they can continue to provide reliable electricity to all 13 states. They are requesting that you reduce your power consumption between 3pm and 7pm today. Due to the fridge weather in along the Northern East Coast, they are worried about the possibility of a major power outage for January 2014 so please help us keep this from happening. Only use what you need, think about everyone else out there and please do not use any unnecessary appliances or lights if not needed immediately.

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The Official Press Release from PJM Grid Operator has been included below!

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Cold Weather Pushes Electricity Use Higher

(Valley Forge, Pa. – Jan. 6, 2014)  – PJM Interconnection, the electricity grid operator for more than 61
million people in 13 states and the District of Columbia, is requesting the public to conserve electricity on
Tuesday. The call for conservation is prompted by the continuing frigid weather.

The request is being made throughout the region served by PJM.

Demand for electricity is expected to increase because of the extremely cold weather. PJM asks consumers
to conserve electricity, if health permits – especially from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Electricity customers can take simple electricity conservation steps:
• Set thermostats lower than usual, if health permits,
• Postpone using major electric appliances such as stoves, dishwashers and clothes dryers until
mid‐day or after 9 p.m., when the demand for electricity decreases, and
• Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using.

Conserving electricity on Tuesday will help ensure adequate power supplies. PJM continues to carefully
monitor the power supply conditions. It will do everything possible to keep power flowing in the region.
If necessary, PJM will take additional steps, such as reducing voltage.

PJM is communicating about the situation with state government officials and regional reliability
authorities throughout the region. PJM’s region includes all or parts of Delaware, Indiana, Illinois,
Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia,
West Virginia and the District of Columbia. PJM is coordinating efforts among generators, power
suppliers and local utilities. 


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