published Friday, January 31st, 2014

Business Briefs: Cold temperatures boosts power use

Cold temperatures boosts power use

Half of the top 10 biggest days for electricity consumption in the Tennessee Valley have occurred this month, TVA spokesman Jim Hopson said.

On Thursday with temperatures across the Tennessee Valley averaging only 10 degrees Fahrenheit, TVA power peak reached 32,556 megawatts -- the 12th highest peak ever in TVA's 81-year history. Four of the top 14 all-time power peaks were reached during January 2014, Hopson said.

January is likely to end up as the biggest power use month in TVA history due to three major Arctic cold waves that pushed temperatures into single digits several times and kept temperatures below freezing for more than 20 percent of the month.

Habitat awarded top builder prize

The Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga has presented the 2013 Builder of the Year award to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area. The award recognizes a builder who exemplifies the organization's mission of promoting quality building practices in the Chattanooga area.

"When we reviewed the criteria for the 2013 Builder of the Year award," said Teresa Groves, Executive Officer of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga, "we really couldn't imagine an organization who is more deserving of this honor than Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area."

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