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Cleveland Utilities CEO addresses December rolling blackouts

Cleveland Utilities released a statement on Friday from President-CEO Tim Henderson regarding the power events of December 23rd and 24th.

The statement reads in part…

“On the mornings of December 23 and 24, Cleveland Utilities (CU) customers experienced intermittent interruptions in their electric service due to, for the first time in history, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) enacting Step 50 of the Emergency Load Curtailment Plan (ELCP).

 The extremely cold temperatures drove energy demand high across the entire TVA footprint. This, combined with the unexpected loss of some of TVA’s generation assets, resulted in the necessity for TVA to enact step 50 of the ELCP where all their local power companies across the Valley were required to perform rolling blackouts on their systems. TVA exhausted all resources before moving to this extreme measure.

It was an emergency situation, and we provided notice as fast as we possibly could. This was the first time, and our hope is it is the last time, we have to put Step 50 into action.

I understand you, our customers, were frustrated and inconvenienced by those rolling service interruptions, especially during the holiday weekend. Rest assured, TVA exhausted all possibilities before moving to this step of the plan, and this was a necessity to prevent broader disruption of power across the greater Tennessee Valley.“