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Winter Weather Preparations – Jan. 5, 2018

Posted: January 5, 2018

Habersham EMC anticipates system-wide peaks of electrical demand and consumption due to the forecasted frigid temperatures. The greatest contributor to these peaks is heating as auxiliary heat strips are activated and electric heat sources are used for longer periods of time.

As a result, this increased demand may cause outages. If outages occur due to demand, they are divided into sections and restored section by section rather than all at once in order to manage the electrical demand. It is not uncommon to experience additional outages as sections and load are added.

Peak use typically occurs in early morning as temperatures are lowest and people are preparing for the day. As always, conservation is encouraged during peak consumption times (examples: delay using dishwasher, washing machine or dryer if possible) to reduce electrical demand.

In addition, with the potential for freezing rain and sleet moving into the area Sunday night and Monday, Habersham EMC is preparing in case outages occur. The following steps have been taken:

  • An additional line crew, four additional vegetation management crews and three fiber contractor crews are on standby if needed.
  • Personnel have been identified to conduct area assessments in the event of an outage so crews will know what materials are needed to more efficiently restore service.
  • HEMC personnel are prepared to work in shifts around the clock until all power is restored.
  • Improvements have been made to the online outage map system information updating process.
  • More frequent communications to members through social media, corporate website and local media outlets is planned.

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