TVA appoints committee to review activities during December outages


Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) – The Tennessee Valley Authority experienced its first on-demand power outage on the morning of December 23rd and 24th.

The utility asked its power distributors, including Huntsville Utilities, to report power outages because the utility didn’t have enough power to meet record high electricity demand in the freezing temperatures.

Huntsville Utilities experienced peak power demand twice before the outage – about half an hour per area, between 5:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 24.

Continuous outages meant no power for many residents during periods of single-digit temperatures. TVA issued a press release following the power outage: “We acknowledge the harmful impact we have had on our customers. This is not how we want to serve our customers, and we recognize that we have failed to meet public expectations for reliable 24/7 power supply, even in emergencies.

The utility also said it will conduct an internal investigation into the incident and TVA’s actions.

TVA also says it’s dealing with a one-off storm and other utilities have also been forced to shut down power.

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