UPDATE 2-New York breaks peak power usage record in heat wave

Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:35pm EDT
 
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By Scott DiSavino

July 19 (Reuters) - New York State's power grid operator said power usage on Friday broke a record set in 2006 as consumers cranked up their air conditioners to escape sweltering six day-long heat wave.

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) forecast consumer demand use peaked at 33,955 megawatts on Friday, up from 33,450 MW on Thursday, breaking the state's all-time record of 33,939 MW set in 2006.

One megawatt powers about 1,000 homes.

NYISO said it was possible that demand could continue to rise and the record peak load could change later on Friday.

"Due to the superb teamwork and coordination of New York's transmission owning utilities, electric generating companies, demand response resources, energy services providers and government agencies, we have successfully met record-high electric demand with sustained reliable operation of the bulk electric system," NYISO Chief Executive Stephen Whitley said in statement.

Earlier on Friday, Consolidated Edison Inc, the state's biggest utility, said power demand in its New York City and Westchester service area had reached an all time high of 13,214 MW at 2 p.m. ET, breaking the old record of 13,189 MW set on July 22, 2011.

Temperatures in New York City, the biggest metropolitan area in the United States, are expected to reach 99 degrees Fahrenheit (37 C) on Friday and 94 F on Saturday, according to weather forecaster AccuWeather.com. Thunderstorms on Saturday are expected to break the heat wave.   Continued...