The company that coordinates the movement of bulk electricity through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, 10 other states and the District of Columbia is urging people to save energy as a cold snap hits the Mid-Atlantic on Christmas Eve.
“PJM is asking consumers to reduce electricity use between 4 a.m. on December 24, 2022, and December 25, 2022,” said PJM Interconnection, operator of the power grid for 65 million people, in a press release.
“There is some tension in our system,” PJM spokeswoman Susan Buehler told NBC10. “We are seeing an increase in demand because of the colder temperatures, but we are also seeing power plants, which we are calling out, having a hard time managing and getting systems on because the temperatures are so cold.”
power outage may occur
“There is a possibility that we may have to shut off power to people,” Buhler said.
PJM hopes it won’t come to that, but wanted to make people aware of the possibility, according to Buehler.
“PJM continues to carefully monitor the power supply situation,” PJM said. He will do everything possible to maintain the flow of energy in the area. If necessary, PJM can take additional measures such as reducing voltage. PJM is coordinating efforts among generators, energy providers and local utilities.”
what to do if the power goes out
Here’s what PJM said power customers can do to help keep the lights on in their home:
- Set the thermostat lower than normal, OK.
- Postpone the use of large appliances such as stoves, dishwashers, and clothes dryers until other times
- Turn off non-essential lights, equipment and appliances.
Temperatures are expected to be cooler on Christmas, but not as extreme as Saturday.
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