The operator of the region’s power grid as well as electric utilities that supply electricity — PPL and UGI electric utilities in Luzerne County — have asked customers to voluntarily conserve energy today.
The call for conservation from PJM Interconnection, the electricity grid operator for more than 61 million people in 13 states and the District of Columbia, is prompted by another wave of frigid weather that will push up the demand for electricity, PJM announced.
The demand for electricity and the need for conservation is expected to be highest this evening.
PJM asks consumers to conserve electricity, if health permits – especially from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. this morning as well as from 5 to 9 tonight.
Electricity customers can take simple conservation steps:
• Set thermostats lower than usual, if health permits.
• 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.
• Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using.
UGI reminds customers that if they experience a loss of power, they should contact the company at 800-276-2772. PPL customers can call 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775) or go to www.pplelectric.com/outage to report an outage.
Customers who lose power should also turn off as many appliances and electronics as possible. This will help with restoration efforts, as it will reduce the immediate demand on the power lines when power is restored.