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Grid Operator Again Asks Customers to Conserve Electricity. More Frigid Weather Prompts Emergency Actions; Customers Asked to Extend Hours of Curtailed Energy Usage

Pepco and PJM Interconnection, the electricity grid operator for more than 61 million people in 13 states and the District of Columbia, are issuing an urgent appeal for customers to conserve electricity from 6 to 10 a.m., and from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The call for conservation is prompted by another wave of frigid weather that will greatly increase the demand for electricity. The demand for electricity and the need for conservation are expected to be highest Tuesday evening.

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, or there are also options like wood stoves that are great for this, as you can easily get online for the best stove for small wood here.
  • Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using.
  • Use surge protectors to prevent energy waste and protect their devices.

Conserving electricity today will help ensure adequate power supplies. PJM continues to carefully monitor the power supply conditions. PJM and its members will do everything possible to keep power flowing in the region.