For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. -- Pepco, power supplier to the national capital area, set an unofficial new peak demand for electricity use today as customers relied on air conditioning to cope with the soaring heat and humidity.
The previous peak of 6,725 megawatts set July 27, 2005 fell at the 2 p.m. hour today as power usage continued climbing through the afternoon. The new, unofficial peak total is 6,858 megawatts. One megawatt of electricity is enough to power 800-1,000 homes. The new peak won't be determined official until later in the week, but in the meantime, it likely will be overtaken each day this week until the hot spell is broken.
With heat indexes over the 100 degree mark, air conditioners pushed up power demand by continuously running to keep residences and businesses comfortable. While power supply is adequate, Pepco has continued to ask customers to use energy wisely, especially during peak usage hours between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Pepco offers the following conservation tips:
Pepco, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), delivers safe, reliable and affordable electric service to more than 745,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.