Friday, July 22, 2011

Extreme Heat Pushes Use Of Power Past Record In 13 States

D.C., Pa., NJ Among States That Set Record For Electricity Use
PHILADELPHIA -- People battling the heat broke a record for peak power usage in 13 states and the District of Columbia. PJM Interconnection said the record was set at 5:00 Thursday as customers used 158,450 megawatts of power. Each megawatt powers about 1,000 homes. The previous record for peak demand was set on August 2, 2006.
PJM company said its supplies held up to the demand from 58 million customers.
PJM serves customers in Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Allentown-based PPL said it set a record for electricity use on Friday. Early estimates indicated demand peaked at 7,600 megawatts during the noon hour. That's a record for both summer and winter usage.


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