Today's cold weather is pushing up power consumption as electric furnaces run more to cope with the cold. But TVA's highest power peaks have come in August 2007 when soaring temperatures boosted air conditioning use. TVA's all-time peak power demands came in:
• 1. Aug. 16, 2007, 33,482 megawatts when temperatures when the average daily high was 102 degrees
• 2. Aug. 22, 2007, 33,445 megawatts when the average daily high was 100 degrees
• 3. Aug. 8, 2007, 33,315 megawatts when the average daily high was 98 degrees
• 4. Aug.15, 2007, 33,304 megawatts when the average daily high was 102 degrees
• 5. Aug. 9, 2007, 33,173 megawatts when the average daily high was 99 degrees
Source: Tennessee Valley Authority
Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...