Con Edison customers set peak record for 2009 electricity use

New York, August 18, 2009 – Con Edison customers broke the 2009 record for peak electricity use when the company delivered 11,937 MWh at 3 p.m. today. Usage at 5 p.m. was 11,935 MWh, falling just short of the 3 p.m. figure. Before today, the high for the year was 11,821 MWh, set a week ago.

Today’s preeminent peak demand indicates customers are feeling the heat, but in a year with milder-than-normal average weather, even today’s usage falls short of Con Edison’s peak-demand top 10. (The all-time peak record in the company’s New York City and Westchester County service area is 13,141 MWh, set August 2, 2006 at 5 p.m.)

Con Edison first reached the 10,000 MWh mark in 1988, hit 11,000 MWh in 1997, and first broke the 12,000 MWh barrier in 2001. The company has since experienced 29 other days with over a 12,000 MWh peak, which includes three days over the 13,000 MWh barrier.

The Con Edison system delivers energy across a network of 92,000 miles of underground and 33,000 miles of overhead wires to approximately 9 million New York City and Westchester County residents.

Throughout the heat wave, the company continues to monitor its systems around the clock to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of electricity, and urges New Yorkers to use energy wisely.

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