POWER USAGE PLUMMETS AS HEAT LEAVES
Friday, July 22nd, 2011 -- 12:06 pm
Posted by Riley Hebert-News Director
Power use plummeted Thursday as the heat and humidity subsided.
Many power companies reported record usage on Wednesday, as temperatures reached to the mid to upper 90s with extremely high humidities.
Xcel Energy’s Upper Midwest system set a record high electricity demand on Wednesday, July 20, of approximately 9,533 megawatts, exceeding the previous record of 9,504 megawatts, which was set on Monday, July 18. Prior to this week’s heat wave, the system peak was 9,131 megawatts set Aug. 9, 2010.