NORTH MISSISSIPPI — This month’s cold temperatures produced some of the highest demands for electricity on record for the Tennessee Valley Authority.
On Dec. 14, a peak load of 31,436 megawatts was the highest December peak in TVA history, coming at 8 a.m. EST with the temperature hovering at 15 degrees. It also was the highest winter peak since Jan. 16, 2009, which was 32,572 megawatts.
On Dec. 13, TVA met a new December record for daily electricity demand of 674.9 gigawatt-hours. This is TVA’s third-highest amount for a 24-hour period ever. Daily demand on Dec. 14 was 663.5 gigawatt-hours, seventh highest of all time.
TVA’s 24-hour demand record is 701.4 gigawatt-hours set last Jan. 8. A gigawatt-hour equals one billion watt-hours.