Spike in electricity usage breaks 2006 record in NY

N.Y. — Breaking a record set in 2006, the sixth day
of a persistent heat wave produced record demand for electricity across New York
on Friday, the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) has announced.  

Between 3 and 4 p.m. Friday, the NYISO recorded an hourly average
peak load of more 33,955 megawatts, surpassing the previous record of 33,939 MW
set on August 2, 2006. It is possible that demand could continue to rise and
the record peak load could change later in the day.

“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,” said NYISO President and CEO Stephen G. Whitley.

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