Danville Utilities customers asked to conserve energy Thursday afternoon

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Due to concerns about high demand for electricity amid higher-than-average temperatures, Danville Utilities is asking customers to cut back on energy usage for several hours Thursday afternoon.

According to Danville officials, plenty of power will be available on Thursday, Aug. 12, but reducing the demand for electricity between 1 and 6 p.m. that day could save on future power supply costs.

Here’s what Danville Utilities customers can do during this period:

  • Use less air conditioning by setting the thermostat up two or more degrees — or even just one degree will help — and using fans.
  • Do not operate major appliances like washers, dryers, and dishwashers.
  • Pull the shades on windows.
  • Shut off the lights and unplug small appliances and electric chargers — especially especially those with small lights — when not needed.

According to an advisory from American Municipal Power — the nonprofit wholesale power supplier and services provider for Danville Utilities and 134 other members in nine states — the demand for electricity across the regional power grid could be at its highest point of the year on Thursday afternoon because of higher-than-average temperatures.

“There is nothing wrong with the power grid and there will be no shortage of electricity, but high load periods are the electric utility industry’s equivalent of rush-hour traffic,” said the City of Danville in a statement on Wednesday, Aug. 11. “Municipal electric utilities pay added demand-based charges for an entire year based on what their communities are using during high load periods.”

For every 1,000 kilowatts curtailed during the peak hours, Danville officials say thousands will be saved toward 2022 power supply costs.

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