For Immediate Release
Pepco, power supplier to the Nation's Capital, set an unofficial record winter peak demand today as customers awoke to frigid temperatures and pushed up thermostats to combat the hard freeze gripping the region.Customers demanded 5,639 megawatts of electricity at 7:22 a.m., breaking a new winter peak set only last night at 7 p.m. The previous winter peak of 5,461 MW was recorded Jan. 23, 2003. A final, official tabulation could result in a slight adjustment in the amount of power consumed by customers.
Pepco's all-time record peak demand is 6,947 MW set Aug. 3, 2006.Pepco encourages its customers to use energy efficiently to keep their homes and businesses warm. Heating costs can account for 25 percent to 50 percent of a home's total energy expense.
________Pepco, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), delivers safe, reliable and affordable electric service to nearly 750,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.