By The Associated Press
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority set a record high December demand for electricity at 8 a.m. on Dec. 14.
A TVA statement Tuesday said the peak load of 31,436 megawatts was the highest for December in TVA history.
The utility said Dec. 14 was also the highest winter peak since Jan. 16, 2009, which was 32,572 megawatts.
On Dec. 13, TVA set a new December record for daily demand of 674.9 gigawatt-hours. That was TVA’s third highest amount for a 24-hour period ever.
TVA said people are turning up thermostats and using space heaters, and bills will likely be higher. TVA has already said demand from the cold is driving up fuel costs in January.
Fuel costs from the December usage will be reflected in billing cycles after January.