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EEI: New Record Electric Output Set

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 48%, respectively.

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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