As the thermometer cranks up across the area, so do the power meters at home and at work. The current heat wave over the south is not only draining your physical energy, but also causing record level energy usage. East Mississippi Electric Power Association officials say, so far, there have been no problems.
"Other than being hot, yeah, they'll be fine," said Mike Reich director of marketing for EMEPA. "The system is functioning. It's stable. It's secure and there are no hiccups on it anywhere. The people who generate the power, our north system is TVA, their system is functioning at record levels. Obviously but they were prepared for that and their power supply is functioning well, too."
Reich says the system also uses electricity from Southern Company, which is also reporting record usage levels this week. Reich says, although it's hot now, their system is prepared if the heat wave were to get worse.
"When it doesn't cool down at night, it builds up a huge heat lead and it's going to make people's bills a lot higher than just hot in the daytime and normal at night. A hundred degrees is a still hot to us. We'll be pumping a lot of electricity through the system. We're prepared for heat and we're prepared for really extreme heat for east Mississippi and 100 degrees is not really extreme heat for here," Reich said.
He does say customers can conserve energy and keep the house cooler in the summertime by using window blinds, ceiling fans, and the most important thing is to have your attic and walls properly insulated..
Reich reminds customers if they do lose power in the heat of the day, to contact EMEPA immediately.