PJM Asks Consumers to Conserve Electricity

Cold weather continues to push electricity use higher.

(Valley Forge, PA – Dec. 23, 2022) – PJM Interconnection, the electric grid operator for 65 million people in 13 states and the District of Columbia, has requested the public in its region to conserve electricity. The call for conservation was prompted by continuing frigid weather. The request is being made throughout PJM.

PJM is asking consumers to reduce their use of electricity, if health permits, between the hours of 4am on Dec. 24, 2022 and 10am on Dec. 25, 2022.

Demand for electricity is expected to increase in the PJM region and the regions neighboring PJM because of the extremely cold weather. Electricity customers can take simple electricity conservation steps such as:

  • setting thermostats lower than usual, if health permits
  • postponing use of major appliances such as stoves, dishwashers and clothes dryers until other times
  • turning off non-essential electric lights, equipment and appliancesĀ 

Conserving electricity as much as possible between the hours of 4am on Dec. 24, 2022 and 10am on Dec. 25, 2022, will help ensure adequate power supplies.

PJM continues to carefully monitor the power supply conditions. It will do everything possible to keep power flowing in the region. If necessary, PJM is coordinating efforts among generators, power suppliers and local utilities.

PJM is communicating about the situation with state government officials throughout the region.