Don't crank the heat too high, Power providers warn of high demand danger

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A local utility company is asking their customers in northwest Ohio to limit their power use despite the below freezing temperatures.

The Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative (HWEC) has issued a "Peak Demand Alert."

HWEC asked customers, on Tuesday, to limit power their power use between 6 and 10 p.m. on Tuesday and between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Wednesday because of "continuing extreme-cold temperatures."

The Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative serves portions of Hancock, Wood, Allen, Erie, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca and Wyandot counties.

â??During these extreme weather conditions, we again ask that both our commercial and residential members reduce use of electricity as much as is safe and practical during these time periods. There is no shortage of power. Hancock-Wood activates these switches and alerts members to limit energy use to reduce the demand at peak times, which helps members to participate in keeping electric rates stable,â?? Hancock-Wood President and CEO George Walton said.

PJM Interconnection, a part of an electrical transmission system for northeastern states, said on Tuesday, electricity demand had spiked across central and eastern part of the U.S.

Officials with PJM added that there was "record winter demand" on Tuesday morning and thought that another record may be set later in the day.

PJM serves Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

(An AP report contributed to this article)