BRISTOL, Tenn. -

Extremely cold temperatures have caused a tight power supply situation, according to Mike Browder, CEO of Bristol Tennessee Essential Services.

The TVA and the 155 local power companies in the Tennessee Valley are asking all electric power customers to reduce their use of electricity as much as possible until further notice.

"Per request from TVA, BTES will join TVA in reducing power usage at their facilities today by adjusting thermostats, reducing lighting, and taking other measures to reduce electricity consumption," said Browder.

TVA and BTES are urging customers to voluntarily conserve electricity to the maximum extent possible. Residential customers should:
Postpone using electric appliances such as dishwashers, dryers and cooking equipment.
Reduce the use of heating by adjusting thermostats to 60 degrees.
Turn off lights, appliances and other electrical equipment not needed.

Status reports on the power situation will be provided for the duration of the power shortage.

TVA is using all available resources, purchasing available power from neighboring utilities, and crews from TVA and BTES are working around the clock to make power available to customers.