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I&M customers were asked to conserve

Done to redirect power for outages

As many residents cranked up the heat to combat Tuesday’s grueling temperatures, Indiana Michigan Power asked customers to conserve electricity by reducing usage in the early morning and evening.

PJM Interconnection, the electricity grid operator for member utilities including I&M, asked customers through local media to conserve electricity from 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The reductions were designed to make it easier to redirect power to areas facing outages and issues caused by the weather, PJM officials said.

I&M officials said they are confident that I&M has enough power to serve customers while also working with PJM to help provide electricity to others.

“As the frigid temperatures continue, people tend to keep their heat at a higher temperature which consumes more electricity,” Erica Putt, an I&M spokeswoman, said.

Customers were encouraged to set thermostats lower than usual, turn off lights and appliances that are not in use and postpone using major electrical appliances – such as stoves, dishwashers and clothes dryers – until mid-day or after 9 p.m. when the demand for electricity decreases.

As of Tuesday afternoon, PJM Interconnection had not contacted I&M to request a second day of electric conservation, Putt said.