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Nashville Mayor asks Tennessee Titans to postpone game amid rolling power outages



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Nashville Mayor John Cooper on Saturday urged the NFL’s Tennessee Titans to postpone their scheduled midday CT recreation amid ongoing rolling blackouts due to the winter storm.

“I’ve been knowledgeable that (Tennessee Valley Authority’s) unilateral rolling blackouts will proceed. All non-essential companies ought to cut back energy utilization,” Cooper said in a tweet. “I’ve requested the Titans to postpone their 12pm recreation in solidarity with our neighbors. TVA must put money into infrastructure to face up to excessive temps.”

The Titans (7-7), losers of 4 straight video games, are set to play the Houston Texans (1-12-1) at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

CNN has reached out to the NFL and the Titans for remark.

Cooper, the mayor of Metro Nashville and Davidson County, issued the tweet after the TVA directed native energy corporations to scale back their energy load as a consequence of excessive demand as residents turned up the warmth to combat the brutally chilly temperatures.

“Deliberate intermittent interruptions assist system reliability,” the TVA mentioned. “We respect everybody’s persistence and assist as we handle this unprecedented demand.”

Particularly, the TVA instructed native energy corporations to interrupt energy in 15-minute intervals, based on a tweet from CDE Lightband, a neighborhood energy firm out of Clarksville, Tennessee. CDE Lightband requested their prospects to preserve as a lot electrical energy as attainable, noting that extra load can be placed on the system as individuals start to get up.

Equally, based on Nashville Electric Service, the “period of the acute frigid temperatures” has continued to trigger a pressure on the TVA’s energy technology amenities. The electrical service instructed prospects Saturday morning to count on “rotating, intermittent energy outages” in about 10-minute increments each one-and-a-half to 2 hours.

The rolling outages are anticipated to final till the ability load is stabilized, the service mentioned.

A day earlier, TVA knowledgeable residents there can be rolling blackouts because of the winter storm, although that directive was later rescinded.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland instructed CNN on Friday hospitals and medical workplaces have been exempt. The company didn’t anticipate the extent of the state of affairs previous to the storm, he mentioned.

“It is a actual battle. This has by no means occurred in my lifetime, this hasn’t occurred in Memphis in no less than 50 years,” Strickland mentioned.