JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

UPDATE 10:50 a.m.: The Tennessee Valley Authority and Johnson City Power Board have lifted their appeal to customers to reduce non-essential electricity usage.

The TVA alerted the JCPB that they have retracted to step 10 of their Emergency Load Curtailment Program, meaning customers may again use electric appliances at their discretion.

JCPB will continue to employ their voltage reduction plan; however, its larger commercial and industrial customers are being notified that they may resume normal operations.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority and the Johnson City Power Board are asking customers to eliminate all non-essential electricity usage until further notice.

They are requesting customers to please refrain from all non-essential electricity usage, including using hot water from electric water heaters, washing clothes and dishes, and using any unneeded electrical lights and appliances.

The request follows an alert from the TVA this morning that the utility has enacted 'Step 30' of their Emergency Load Curtailment Program. The plan calls for all customers to reduce their usage as much as comfortably possible to lower the likelihood of power shortages.

The Johnson City Power Board is also implementing a voltage reduction plan and contacting its larger commercial and industrial customers to minimize usage within their respective facilities.