PJM Interconnection, the electricity grid operator for more than 61 million people in 13 states and the District of Columbia, is asking consumers to conserve electricity today. The call for conservation is prompted by another wave of frigid weather that will push up the demand for electricity.
The request is being made throughout the entire area served by PJM. The demand for electricity and the need for conservation is expected to be highest Tuesday evening.
PJM asks consumers to conserve electricity, if health permits especially from 6 to 10 a.m. today as well as between 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Electricity customers can take simple electricity conservation steps:
Ÿ Set thermostats lower than usual, if health permits,
Ÿ Postpone using major electric appliances such as stoves, dishwashers and clothes dryers until mid-day or after 9 p.m., when the demand for electricity decreases, and
Ÿ Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using.
Conserving electricity will help ensure adequate power supplies. PJM continues to carefully monitor the power supply conditions. PJM and its members will do everything possible to keep power flowing in the region.