NES observes drop in load during solar eclipse

The solar eclipse not only captured the attention of millions across North America but it also had a tangible effect on energy consumption.

Here in Middle Tennessee during the peak of the eclipse, when the moon briefly passed the sun, there was a noticeable drop in temperature. This cooling occurrence resulted in a momentarily lower energy demand across our service area.

Beginning around noon on April 8, 2024, energy usage began fluctuating. During the near totality phase, we observed the lowest demand of energy from 1:55 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. as temperatures became cooler.

The NES System Operations team continually monitors weather systems, temperature fluctuations and even eclipses to ensure we continue to deliver safe and reliable power to all our customers in Middle Tennessee.