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We have done a lot of that over the last 48 hours. Many of our folks worked continuously from Saturday evening through late Sunday night, repairing damage done to our networks by ferocious winds and some lightning. While all of the repairs are not complete, we have been able to accomplish many repairs and have implemented temporary fixes to other damage -- things that we hope can wait for permanent repair until after Christmas.
We give thanks during this season for another year in which we have been able to be your "Cavalry" and come to the rescue of many folks who needed help to return their lives to normal. We are thankful to have the opportunity to be of service, and we are thankful that our team has been able to do this work without being seriously injured. It is that for which we are the most thankful.
We do not say that lightly, because it is practically a miracle that we can say that. Conditions like what we had Saturday and Sunday often put our folks in back yards where they encounter a confusing array of downed trees, mud, energized conductors wrapped around an array of communications cables and other devices that present many dangers. This is normally done in total darkness during a driving wind and rain storm. Successfully returning your homes and businesses to the comfort and convenience that we need to make our lives happy, is fraught with many complications and dangers, and we count our blessings that we have a team capable of handling these challenges.
Thank you for choosing Glasgow EPB to perform these tasks for you. We hope that our work brings you the foundation of a wonderfully happy holiday season and that you build pleasant memories that will endure upon that foundation. Merry Christmas to you from all of us at Glasgow EPB!
As we've mentioned before, if you are an EPB power customer you can help the community lower its energy bill from TVA. We have found that raising your thermostat a bit higher than normal before you go to bed allows you to store some heat before the coldest temperatures arrive at day break. Then, when you get up, lower your thermostat a few degrees (68 is a good temperature) and leave it that way until 10:00 a.m. or after. The pre-heating should help hold your temperature until the end of the peak.
We are busy working on research projects that will allow these processes to be automated so we do not have to ask you repeatedly for your help in minimizing our peak demands. While we have some very interesting projects, right now our only hope is for you to help us – and the entire community. Thank you again for your assistance!
A friendly reminder from the City of Glasgow, leaving grass clippings on city sidewalks and streets or dumping trash, limbs or foreign objects of any kind into drainage ways is considered littering as defined by City of Glasgow Code Numbers 93.05 & 130.18. This creates a safety hazard for pedestrians and contributes to drainage issues in our neighborhoods by causing the storm sewers to clog, resulting in unwanted water runoff and standing water. The City of Glasgow Street Department is working hard to keep the streets drainage ways clean of debris but we need citizens to help out. Please follow lawn mowing etiquette' and sweep up and remove grass clippings or sweep grass clippings back onto your own property.
We hope you have taken a moment and read the blog post about how to help Glasgow save money this summer. If not, please click here.
Have you noticed the new graphic on www.glasgow-ky.com near the real-time City electric usage graph?
We are working to try to predict when that highest reading might be and inform all of our customers, asking for your help in holding the energy usage down just for those days when we think the peak hour might occur, rather than every afternoon. You will see various notifications posted on Facebook, Twitter, The Weather Channel crawl, cable advertisements and any other format we can think of to get the message out to all of our customers. You will likely see this occur about once each week, but the remaining days in the week will be open for you to use electricity as you desire.
For those of you wondering just what this means, here are the descriptions:
- Load Level Green - This is the standard level for the Glasgow EPB. It means that no peak electric demand is expected and no action is being requested of the EPB customers.
- Load Level Blue - This indicates an anticipated higher electric usage day due to weather or system conditions. EPB customers are requested to limit usage of any unnecessary electric equipment and appliances such as washers, dryers, and dishwashers, and raise the thermostat two degrees between the hours of noon to 8 pm.
- Load Level Red - This indicates an extreme condition due to weather or system conditions. All EPB electric customers are asked to put extreme conservation practices into place from noon to 8 pm. Please curtail any unnecessary electric usage and raise the thermostat to at least 78 degrees, if at all possible.
On Wednesday, June 12, we will put this new system into action, with a Load Level Blue condition. With temperatures predicted for the low to mid-90's, we anticipate that we may set a new peak for the month. (Our peak this month is shown as the orange horizontal line on the graph, and was set on June 5 at 2:00 pm.) Again, as we described in the earlier blog post, our bill from TVA is partially based on this peak, so it pays our customers to keep this peak as low as possible. We're asking for each of our customers' help - whether residential or business. We need everyone's assistance between the hours of noon - 8 pm. Simply think before you turn on that appliance, lower that thermostat or push the start button on that electric powered piece of equipment. Just by making some changes in the way we use our electricity, we can create a savings for all of our customers!
We are counting on each of you to help in our efforts to hold the costs down for the entire community. With just a few minor changes for just a few hours each week, we can make an impact!
We are proud to have been chosen by T.J. Samson Community Hospital as their vendor/partner for their high speed network connections between the new Healthcare Pavilion and the main hospital, and also to the outside world. We have been feverishly installing new fiber optic cables all over town to provide multiple layers of redundancy for the new medical network, and now we are ready to reconfigure our Jama M Young Technology Center (JMYTC) to accept and terminate the new circuits.
The work has been scheduled during the late evening of Sunday March 24 and the early morning hours of Monday March 25, in the hope that our customers will be least inconvenienced during those hours. Our team will be doing tedious fiber optic cable splicing inside JMYTC and on the street outside our campus during those hours. Half of all EPB customers will be affected, anywhere from one hour to about seven hours. This work will impact both cable television and internet services.
We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause, but we are also thrilled that our community is going to have such a sophisticated medical network environment. Stay tuned to the Glasgow Electric Plant Board Facebook page for additional updates on this project.