Sweltering summer drives PJM to electric-use record

VALLEY FORGE, Pa., Aug. 15, 2002 — PJM Interconnection, the electricity grid operator for more than 25 million people in seven states and the District of Columbia, reports that the use of electricity on Wednesday set a new all-time record for the area.

Customers in the PJM region set a peak demand of about 64,300 megawatts of electricity. The previous record peak was 64,035 megawatts set on July 29.

Since the beginning of July, recurring high heat and humidity frequently have driven electricity use to record levels. Temperatures in much of the PJM region have been in the 90s on 26 days out of the last 45 days.

PJM continues to closely monitor the situation this week as high heat and humidity persist. It reminded customers to continue prudent use of electricity particularly during the peak use hours between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The company said prudent energy use helps to assure adequate power supplies and helps prevent possible supply problems.

PJM’s region includes all or parts of PA, NJ, DE, MD, OH, VA, WV and the District of Columbia.


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