Utilities Have Extra Crew Working to Keep Power On

Knoxville (WVLT) - While the Tennessee Valley Authority has reported no major problems in keeping up with your demand for power; that can often be tougher for the smaller utilities which in turn supply the power to you.

Knoxville Utilities Board and Lenoir City Utilities Board are two of those utilities working extra hard to keep the lights on and maybe more importantly, the air conditioning and fans in your homes.

The reason why KUB and LCUB are working so hard is so businesses can stay open and you can keep cool in these hot temperatures.

To do that crews have been working at 4 LCUB substations all day, including the one on Northshore Drive that went out Wednesday. They are checking the amps, seeing if any electricity needs rerouted to another substation so you don't end up without air conditioning again.

LCUB hasn't set any power demand records yet, but KUB customers have cranked out a new record.

Wednesday they used 1,219.7 megawatts.

That just beats the previous all time record set back in 1996.

KUB hasn't had any heat related outages so far but LCUB had two this week. The company says that because it’s facing a triple threat of the heat, growing demand and more customers.

"We're growing so fast, July we picked up 182 customers just in July. We're about the fastest growing utility in the Tennessee Valley,” says Fred Nelson, LCUB General Manager.

We’ll have much more on this coming up tonight on the NightWATCH including what’s being done to meet that growing demand.

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