ConEd: Heat wave pushes electricity use to near record

Hot and muggy weather is making life in New York City miserable, and electric power demand in Con Edison’s service territory is falling just short of an all-time record, the New York utility reports.

Electricity demand reached a peak of 13,161 MW at 5 p.m. July 18, according to ConEd. The all-time electric peak record of 13,189 MW was set on July 22, 2011.

The company continued to urge customers to use energy wisely as New Yorkers in the city’s five boroughs and Westchester cope with the heat wave affecting New England and parts of Canada.

Demand response programs, which pay large customers to cut back on power usage during heat waves, were credited with reducing peak demand today by about 400 MW.

Meanwhile, ConEd crews continue to work in the intense heat conditions to restore customers impacted by scattered power outages. As of 6 p.m. today, the company had restored electric service to about 11,500 customers since the heat wave began earlier in the week.

The company has additional crews and support personnel ready to respond to any electrical outages caused by the hot and humid conditions that are expected to continue through the weekend.

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