Jan 8, 2014
A blast of arctic air, the coldest in decades, spurred a new record for peak power demand Tuesday (1/7) from PPL Electric Utilities customers.
Preliminary figures show the demand on the system for the hour ending at 6 p.m. Tuesday was 7,784 megawatt-hours, eclipsing the all-time winter peak of 7,577 megawatt-hours set on Feb. 5, 2007. The new demand record means customers used 7.78 million kilowatt-hours of power in the hour in which the mark was set, enough to power more than 700 homes for a year.
PPL Electric Utilities’ transmission and distribution systems delivered power without any notable problems.
The PJM Interconnection, which coordinates and directs the operation of the regional transmission grid serving all or part of 13 states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, called for conservation Tuesday and Wednesday (1/8) because of the frigid temperatures and high demand. It also reported setting a new power demand record. It ended its conservation request at mid-morning Wednesday.
The bone-chilling weather, which affected a large part of the country, is expected to moderate Wednesday and Thursday (1/9).
“We continuously maintain our system and invest in improvements for year-round reliability, including during weather extremes like this one,” said Dave Bonenberger, vice president of Distribution Operations for the utility. “Despite what Mother Nature delivers, our customers rightfully expect we’ll deliver for them, and we do.”
PPL Electric Utilities offers tips to conserve energy in the extreme cold:
Safety is always important. Customers should:
PPL Electric Utilities, a subsidiary of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL), provides electric delivery services to about 1.4 million customers in Pennsylvania and consistently ranks among the best companies for customer service in the United States. More information is available at www.pplelectric.com.