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TVA pushes record demand as city ties hottest day

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(TIMES FREE PRESS) - While it's blazing hot outside, the temperature is cool in TVA's systems operation center as a room full of weather and power technicians work to match the utility's electric output to demand in this record June heat wave.

But cool is relative on a record-breaking energy consumption day like Friday when the "average system temperature" for Chattanooga, Nashville, Knoxville, Huntsville and Memphis was 104.

As the mercury rose, so did the hum of air conditioners, and power demand in the Tennessee Valley neared its all-time record. It was a pressure day for the operators of the nation's largest public utility. And they knew it.

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