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As Temperatures Rise, So Does Electric Demand

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Demand for electricity is expected to soar as the heat that is broiling the nation’s midsection moves east.  Temperatures will be in the 90s for the third consecutive day (the official start of a heat wave) and the humidity will also climb.

The operator of the region’s power grid says demand will peak Friday afternoon at 27,300 megawatts as people crank up the fans and air conditioners.   But ISO New England says its nothing it can’t handle.   The all-time high of 28,130 megawatts came in August, 2006.

Consumers maybe asked to conserve electricity, such as raising the thermostat on your AC by a degree and holding off on using power-hungry appliances like the dryer during the day.



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