GPU may again initiate emergency power procedures

READING, Pa., Aug. 10, 2001 – Since Monday’s onset of hot, humid weather across the region, PJM, the power pool for the Mid-Atlantic Region, has experienced an extremely high demand for electricity.

As a result of the high demand, PJM may require that GPU Energy initiate emergency procedures to preserve the integrity of the region’s electric power grid.

While PJM is working to ensure the area has enough electricity to meet the demand, it may mandate that GPU Energy institute “voltage reductions.” Voltage reductions are five-percent decreases of electricity to customers over a two-hour period. These electricity reductions are generally undetectable to the user and will assist PJM in maintaining the overall reliability of the region’s electric grid.

“We sincerely appreciate our customers’ conservation efforts during this uncomfortably hot weather,” said Mike Roche, GPU Energy vice president of customer and regulatory affairs. “We’re asking that everyone continue to monitor their electric usage until the region is out of the grip of this heat wave.

“Traditionally,” Roche continued, “peak usage and high demand occurs between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. as customers return home from work. GPU Energy is asking customers to be aware that increased use of air conditioners and appliances during peak times could have an adverse effect on the company’s transmission and distribution equipment.”

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