Today is clear and sunny in the Savannah River Basin. Who can remember last week when the polar vortex plunged the eastern half of the nation into record cold temperatures? I even had to turn on heat in my Savannah home for the first time in 23 months! At the same time, people in tens-of-thousands of households all across the basin reached for the thermostat. Electrical needs shot up and utility companies scrambled to meet the demand.
As electrical usage shot up when the temperatures fell, the call came to the Savannah District for more generation. That call came at a fortuitous time – right during an extended rain period.
The reservoirs not only exceeded winter guide curve, but exceeded the higher summer guide curve. Under these circumstances, our water manual prompts us to reduce the levels in anticipation of future rains in upcoming weeks. The Savannah District’s water managers could meet increased electrical demands while bringing the reservoirs toward a safer level.
Customers stayed warm and the reservoirs stayed full.
Isn’t it great when things just happen at the right time?
~ Billy Birdwell, Senior Public Affairs Officer