1/7/2014

REGIONAL GRID OPERATOR ASKS CONSUMERS TO CONSERVE ELECTRICITY

Indiana Michigan Power is confident it has sufficient capacity to serve all of its customers and works with PJM to help ensure the reliability of the electric grid across multiple utilities in PJM’s region.

PJM Interconnection ensures the reliability of the high-voltage electric power system in all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. PJM coordinates and directs the operation of the region’s transmission grid, which includes 62,556 miles of transmission lines.

The call for conservation throughout the region served by PJM is prompted by the continuing frigid weather.

Demand for electricity is expected to increase because of the extremely cold weather. PJM asks consumers to conserve electricity today, if health permits – especially from 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. 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.

Conserving electricity today will help ensure adequate power supplies throughout the PJM region. PJM continues to carefully monitor the power supply conditions and will do everything possible to keep power flowing in the region. If necessary, PJM will take additional steps, such as reducing voltage.

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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its 2,500 employees serve more than 582,000 customers. It operates 3,595 MW of coal-fired generation in Indiana, 2,110 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan and 22 MW of hydro generation in both states.  The company also provides its customers 250 MW of purchased wind generation.


I&M is a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP),one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 39,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.  

 

 

 

Erica Putt
Indiana Michigan Power Communications
(260) 249-8039
ehputt@aep.com