Winter weather pushes TVA power demand to 3-year high for winter peak

But Tennessee Valley avoids power problems faced in Texas

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Snow clings to a branch of a tree on Lookout Mountain during the snowfall on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.

The winter storm that brought snow and frigid temperatures to much of America pushed the power demand in the Tennessee Valley to the highest winter peak in more than three years Tuesday night as below-freezing temperatures and snow gripped much of the region and pushed higher use of electric furnaces, space heaters and heat pumps.

With temperatures averaging around 18 degrees Fahrenheit across its seven-state region, the Tennessee Valley Authority reported power consumption rose to 28,511 megawatts shortly after 8 p.m. EST Tuesday - the highest winter power peak since January 2018.

Despite rolling blackouts and power shortages due to frigid temperatures in Texas, TVA officials said Wednesday the federal utility easily met its power demand this week and was able to sell some of its power to neighboring Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc.