Monday, June 7, 2010

How hot was it? No power peak yet

Posted By on Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 4:00 PM

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With temperatures soaring into the 90s today, Colorado Springs Utilities might have set a record for peak power usage. But by 3:30 p.m., the peak demand had reached to 840 megawatts, 23 megawatts below the previous record set in August 2007.

Despite the city-owned utility having a lower load due to businesses closing during the recession, Utilities spokesman Dave Grossman says a high demand from air conditioners could drive the peak load into orbit.

"We could see a hot summer day that might break the record," he says.

But today, cloud cover began moving in, diminishing the chances a record will be set on this date.

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