Danville Utilities asks electric customers to cut back on usage due to peak power advisory

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Danville Utilities issued a request to electric customers on Monday morning, asking them to cut back on their electricity usage for four hours a day for the next few days after the company received an advisory from its wholesale power supplier.

From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 28 through Thursday, July 1, customers are asked to take the following actions to curtail their power usage:

  • Delay the use of major appliances such as washers, dryers, and dishwashers.
  • Set the air conditioner thermostat up a few degrees (even one degree will help) and use fans.
  • Shut off lights when not needed and unplug small appliances and electric chargers (especially those with small lights).

“Reducing the demand for electricity during these peak hours will save on future power supply costs and keep rates lower,” the City of Danville said in a statement on Monday.

According to the advisory from American Municipal Power — the nonprofit wholesale power supplier and services provider for Danville Utilities and 134 other members in nine states — the higher-than-average temperatures could bring the demand for electricity across the regional power grid that serves Danville to the highest point of the year during these peak hours.

Officials say there will be plenty of power available, but these high load periods are basically “rush hour” for the electric utility industry.

“Municipal electric utilities pay added demand-based charges for an entire year based on what their communities are using during these hours,” Monday’s statement said. “For every 1,000 kilowatts curtailed during the peak hours, Danville Utilities will save thousands toward 2022 power supply costs.”

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