ANDALUSIA, ALA.– As a wave of arctic air engulfed most of the eastern half of the country this week, the demand for energy on PowerSouth’s system began building. The cooperative met demand requirements, achieving a new all-time system unadjusted peak of 2,394 megawatts (MW) at 7 a.m. on Jan. 8.
The new peak exceeded the previous one by 9 MW that was set in January 2010.The new peak well surpassed PowerSouth’s projected winter demand of 2,247 MW.
With single-digit mercury readings throughout the PowerSouth service area, PowerSouth employees worked throughout the week to meet the wholesale energy needs of its 16 electric cooperatives and four municipal electric systems in Alabama and northwest Florida.
PowerSouth has a variety of resources available to meet required high capacity demands, including coal, natural gas and hydroelectric power plants, as well as purchased power agreements.
Meeting the high demand was not without challenges. As cold weather was forecasted throughout the region, PowerSouth worked with other utilities to prepare for the increased need for electricity. Interruptible loads as well as emergency supplies were called upon. Plant employees worked around-the-clock before, during and after the cold snap to maintain and operate equipment at PowerSouth’s generation facilities.
The success of PowerSouth’s generation system is attributed to sound maintenance practices, knowledgeable operators and a host of employees working behind the scenes to ensure success.
“It takes a lot of preparation, sound training, attention to safety and environmental performance to meet peaks brought on by unusual weather patterns,” said Ron Graham, PowerSouth Director of Power Supply. “Our employees are our most valuable asset, and we are proud of all those who helped ensure that power was flowing while maintaining our record of safety and reliability.”
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PowerSouth serves the wholesale energy needs of 16 electric cooperatives and four municipal electric systems in Alabama and northwest Florida, with more than a million consumers in 39 Alabama and 10 Florida counties. PowerSouth is dedicated to providing reliable energy at the lowest possible cost to its members.
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