DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The frigid temperatures have impacted the Miami Valley and power outages have been seen across the area since the winter storm hit.

AES Ohio is asking customers to conserve and reduce their usage of power until 10 a.m. on Christmas Day due to the high demand from the below-zero temperatures we all have experienced, a release says.

“With the low temperatures exceeding subzero with the wind chill and expanding for a couple of days, there’s been a great demand on electricity,” AES Ohio Corporate Communications Director Mary Ann Kabel said.

PJM Interconnect, the regional electricity grid operator for 13 states including Ohio requested for member utilities like AES Ohio to encourage people to voluntarily conserve their electricity.

AES Ohio says there are three things you can do in order to help in the initiative. If you are able to, you can set your thermostat lower than normal, health permitting. Turning off non-essential electric lights, equipment or appliances that are not in use can also help.

“It comes at the most inconvenient time for many as we join with our families for the holiday, but simple steps will make this better for everyone,” Kabel said.

If you need to use major electric appliances like ovens, dishwashers or dryers, you can take action to delay the use until after 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 25, according to a release.

We sincerely appreciate the cooperation and patience of our customers, who can help ensure
the stability and reliability of the system for all by taking these steps. Public conservation can make a difference, and every little bit counts.

President and CEO of AES Ohio, Kristina Lund

There is a chance, however, that some customers may experience their power to be shut off temporarily if additional measures are needed. AES says the temporary emergency interruptions of service would last until the normal operations of the power grid would resume.

PJM Senior Vice President of Operations Mike Bryson updated customers throughout the day Saturday on social media.

“The risk of rotating customer outages is very real. While PJM will do everything in its power to prevent this,” Bryson said in a video update. “Consumer efforts to conserve electricity over the next 24 hours will help us to avoid these outages.”

For more information regarding the recommended conservation of power, you can read the statement from AES Ohio here.