2:21pm

Fri July 22, 2011
The Commonwealth

Despite Heatwave, Power Grid Holding Up

Kentucky Utilities spokesman Cliff Feltham says despite thousands of households running air conditioners 24/7, the local power grid is surprisingly in good shape, and at present, there are no signs of a potential brownout.  "We hit a July peak on Wednesday and so we figured it would continue to set another peak on Thursday and it did not do that."

Feltham says the utility's optional demand conservation program has improved the power company's ability to deliver the juice when and where it's needed most.

"You'd be surprised. If we do, for instance, ten-thousand homes where we cycle for an hour then that cuts down appreciably on the number of mega-watts that are demanded during that hour which makes a difference"

K-U says you can also do your part by investing in a programmable thermostat and avoiding operating household appliances like ovens, clothes dryers and dishwashers, between the peak demand hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.