January 27, 2023

Power Grid Operator Asks Ohio to Conserve Power Until Christmas Morning – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

As Miami Valley continues to come out of the snow. There is concern about the power grid.

The concern made officials want people to cut the amount of electricity they used.

Crews worked hard to tackle these snow and ice covered roads.

“Our crews have traveled 292,000 miles across Ohio since this winter storm began Thursday,” said Matt Bruning of the Ohio Department of Transportation.

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Although it is no longer snowing, ODOT said, high winds are returning snow to the roads.

“Pavement temperatures are a little high now and it’s passed Saturday, so we’re now in the upper teens and low 20s across most of Ohio. This allows our salt to work much better,” Bruning said.

Temperatures remain frigid, putting pressure on some utility companies.

said Mike Bryson, senior vice president of operations for PJM Interconnection.

That’s why PJM, the electricity grid that supplies 65 million people, is asking the public to keep electricity on until 10 a.m. on Christmas Day. Some of PJM’s member companies include AEP Ohio, Duke Energy, and AES Ohio.

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“We know it comes at the most troubling time as families come together for holiday traditions… every effort to collectively preserve the environment as a community across these states under their stewardship will help,” said Mary Ann Cabell, AES Ohio director of corporate communications. .

AES Ohio shared tips on how to save electricity:

  • Set thermostats to a level lower than normal, if health permits
  • Postpone the use of major electrical appliances such as stoves, dishwashers, and clothes dryers to other times.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights, equipment and electrical appliances

“The preservation really works,” Bryson said.

PJM said it’s trying to do everything it can to prevent it from having to do rotating outages for customers, which are planned outages that try to ensure the power grid doesn’t collapse.