January 8th , 2014 10:00 am Leave a comment

Local electric utilities pass cold test

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Sub-zero temperatures and even colder wind chills placed the local electric supply under extra strain, but late Tuesday morning officials said they believed the worst had passed.

Photo by Bryan Stevens Oak Grove Road in Hampton offered beautiful – if bone-chillingly cold – scenery earlier this week.

Photo by Bryan Stevens
Oak Grove Road in Hampton offered beautiful – if bone-chillingly cold – scenery earlier this week.

Elizabethton Electric Department General Manager Rob Toney said voluntary energy reductions were in place early Tuesday as the peak demand on electricity usage was reached.

“Local power companies were doing voluntary cutbacks, like lowering the thermostat, cutting back on nonessential usage,” Toney said.

Toney said the EED was close to having to ask the general public to reduce their nonessential electricity usage, but that was ultimately unnecessary as the peak usage passed without additional strain being placed on the electric grid.

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