- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Appalachian Power is asking its customers in Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia to conserve electricity during the latest cold snap.

The utility says in a news release that PJM Interconnection has issued a call for voluntary conservation on Tuesday because of expected high demand. PJM operates the electricity grid for 13 states and the District of Columbia.

Appalachian Power vice president of distribution operations Phil Wright voluntarily conserving electricity lessens the likelihood of service interruptions.

Wright says Appalachian Power is confident that it will have sufficient capacity to serve all its customers.

Conservation measures include lowering the thermostat to the lowest comfortable level, and postponing using stoves, clothes dryers and other major appliances until mid-day or after 9 p.m.

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