Wilkes Barre, PA (January 27, 2014) – Due to extremely cold temperatures and high energy demand, PJM Interconnection (PJM), the electricity grid operator in 13 states including the UGI – Electric Division service area, has asked for voluntary conservation throughout the region on Tuesday, January 28.
UGI has an adequate supply of electricity to meet current demand and system operators are closely monitoring the electric transmission system and demand for electricity. PJM has notified UGI that demand for electricity is expected to substantially increase across the region because of extremely cold weather.
In response to PJM’s request, UGI encourages that customers conserve electricity, if health permits, especially from 6 a.m.to 10 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Customers are asked to take this 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 demand for electricity decreases;
- Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using.
UGI reminds customers that if they experience a loss of power, they should contact the Company at (800) 276-2722. Customers who lose power should also turn off as many appliances and electronics as possible. This will help with restoration efforts as it will reduce the immediate demand on the power lines when power is restored.
Once your power is restored, UGI recommends customers wait a few minutes before turning equipment back on.
UGI Utilities Electric Division services 62,000 customers in portions of Luzerne and Wyoming counties. Additional information about UGI’s Electric Division is available online at www.ugi.com
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