EEI: New Record Electric Output Set
As high temperatures and humidity pushed heat indexes into the
triple digits, electric output for the week ending July 24 reached
81,144 gigawatt hours (GWh), surpassing the previous record of
80,335 GWh set last August, according to data collected by the
Edison Electric Institute.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said
that 40 out of 49 states in the continental U.S., including the
District of Columbia, experienced above-normal weekly cooling
degree day totals last week. The largest percentage increase in
cooling degree days occurred in Ohio, where readings were 70% above
normal, while Indiana and Illinois reported increases of 57% and
In addition to record electric output at the national level,
numerous individual utilities reported record-high electricity
demand last week. Duke Power set demand records over three
consecutive days, July 21-23, while American Electric Power set a
new summer load peak of 19,795 MW. On July 22, Dayton Power &
Light customers set a record peak usage of 3,095 MW, 3% higher than
the previous year.
Other companies reporting record demands included Carolina Power
& Light, Cinergy, Commonwealth Edison, Illinois Power, Kansas
Power & Light, Madison Gas & Electric, PP&L, and
Wisconsin Electric Power.
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