2005-08-18 / Community

Soaring Heat Temps Set New Electricity Records

Two major power authorities in the area announced that scorching temperatures are breaking electricity demand records. Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) Chairman Richard M. Kessel announced on August 15 that LIPA set a new weekend day peak record on Saturday August 13, when 5141 megawatts of electricity were delivered during the hour, ending at 3 p.m.

The new record is 714 megawatts, or 15 percent higher than the previous weekend record of 4426 megawatts that was set on July 5, 2003.

LIPA also set a new all- time record for power supplied during a 24-hour period on August 13, when 98,735 megawatt hours of electricity surged to the Long Island Control Area.

“During the recent heat waves, and over the weekend when electric demand was extraordinarily high, LIPA successfully delivered more power in one day than at any other time in Long Island history,” said Kessel. “Electricity consumption continues to grow at an unprecedented pace.”

Con Edison also announced that the weekend shattered records for electricity sendout of 462,575 megawatt hours on August 13 and 14. According to Con Edison, the two-day amount of electricity consumed by customers exceeded the entire state of Vermont’s three-month usage.

Customers are urged to follow easy and practical energy conservation measures, such as running major appliances (such as clothes and dishwashers) in the morning or late evening to avoid peak demand hours (between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.), not running the air conditioner when not at home, and using fans to use less energy.

“Conserving electricity is still a very good idea,” Kessel added. “Doing little things to conserve and use electricity wisely can add up to significant savings and protect the environment as well.”

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