Tuesday, July 19, 2011

UPDATE: Power usage sets record

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Though another record-breaking day was expected today, it didn't turn out that way.

"We didn't expect this many clouds today," Colorado Springs Utilities spokesman Dave Grossman writes in an e-mail. "Because of the cloud cover, we probably won't get near the 900 MW originally predicted. We were at 872 MW between 2 and 3 p.m., which might end up being our peak for the day."

Also, Grossman notes the old record of 863 MW was set Aug. 21, 2007.

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It's been hot lately, and that can leave you only one choice: Crank up the air conditioner.

Apparently, plenty of Colorado Springs Utilities customers did just that Tuesday to help push the city-owned utility company to a record of 878 megawatts of power between 4 and 5 p.m. The previous record was 863 megawatts.

While officials predicted revved-up air conditioners would push demand to near 900 megawatts today, a cloud cover is moving in that might keep temps lower than expected.

Anyway, here's more from Utilities' press release:

Employees work year-round to make sure power is available to customers on extreme weather days. Generation units at Drake, Nixon, Front Range and the hydroelectric plants operated at or near capacity throughout the day. Excess electricity was available to sell to neighboring powering companies. Revenue from electric sales helps offset our expenses to keep rates low for our customers.

Substations and other electric distribution equipment also performed extremely well.

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