September 2008

Energy savings start here

 

With hot temperatures across the region leading to high demands on the TVA power system, TVA began voluntary power-curtailment measures Aug. 1 to reduce its corporate in-house use of power. The reductions stayed in effect until milder temperatures arrived in the area the week of Aug. 11.

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Fate Evans, East Area Facilities Management maintenance technician, adjusts the water temperature for the Knoxville Office Complex.

“We estimate that we cut about 1 megawatt of load off the TVA system in the reduction,” says David Smith, manager of Facilities Engineering. “This translates to about $500 per day in savings to TVA directly. But more importantly, it was 1 MW less we had to generate or buy on the market, or 1 MW more we had to sell to others.

“It also shows we are trying to conserve during high-demand periods just as we are asking customers on the outside to conserve.”

This initiative aligns with TVA’s current energy-efficiency and demand-reduction campaign. The campaign, with a “conserve to preserve” message, is intended to raise awareness in consumers by showing them how they can cut their individual energy usage while also offsetting the increasing costs of electricity.