Governor O'Malley urged Marylanders to continue the efforts they have been making to conserve energy use as record breaking cold temperatures burdened Maryland's power grid. Energy use remains at very high levels even as the cold front moves out of Maryland and a warming trend is on the horizon.
"I want to thank the people and businesses of Maryland who embraced our call to conserve energy during this extreme cold weather. Together, our efforts has enabled our power grid to provide electricity to Maryland homes without incident, and helped temper extremely high energy prices that accompany great demand. I urge Marylanders to continue to conserve your energy use as much as possible," said Governor O'Malley.
The Governor also forewarned Marylanders to expect higher energy bills in the coming weeks and assured residents that his Administration is actively engaged with utility companies and regulators to ensure that Marylanders will have every opportunity to manage these costs.
PJM Interconnection Inc., the organization that operates the electric power grid for all or parts of 13 states and the District of Columbia, including Maryland, issued a statement earlier this week stressing energy conservation habits. Tips to save energy included:
Conserving electricity, if health permits, during the peak electric demand times of 6 a.m. to 10 a.m and again, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.,
Set thermostats lower than usual, if health permits,
Postpone using major electric appliances such as stoves, dishwashers and clothes; dryers until mid‐day or after 9 p.m., when the demand for electricity decreases; and,
Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using.