North Alabama power provider asks customers to reduce usage during cold snap

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. ( — The Tennessee Valley Authority, the electricity provider in north Alabama, is asking customers to reduce their power consumption during the current cold snap to reduce outages.

Power demand on Tuesday morning was almost 32,000 megawatts - the highest demand since 2015, according to TVA.

TVA described its request as a "voluntary curtailment of energy usage until further notice," according to an announcement late Monday night from Huntsville Utilities.

The request was particularly urgent during peak energy demand hours - 5-9 a.m. and 6-10 p.m.

"Huntsville Utilities is asking customers to keep electric usage at an absolute minimum, eliminating any unnecessary electric operations such as lighting and any other electric appliance that aggravate the already high demand on the electric distribution system (i.e. laundry or extensive use of cooking appliances)," the utility said in Monday statement.

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