NewsCon Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: July 21, 2008
WEEKEND ELECTRIC USE SOARS TO NO. 2 IN RECORD BOOKS
NEW YORK – Con Edison customers nearly set a record for weekend electric use.
The company delivered 458,081 megawatt hours of electricity in New York City and Westchester County on July 19 and 20, 2008, catapulting the past weekend into the second highest spot in the record books. The top weekend electric use was set Aug. 13 and 14, 2005, when New Yorkers used 462,575 megawatt hours.
In addition, Sunday’s peak demand was the second highest for a Sunday as well, reaching 10,619 megawatts at 3 p.m. Peak demand is the maximum amount of power used by customers during a one-hour period.
The all-time peak demand for electricity use was 13,141 megawatts set on Wednesday, August 2, 2006 at 5 p.m. Con Edison first reached the 10,000-megawatt mark in 1988, topped 11,000 megawatts in 1997, broke the 12,000-megawatt barrier in 2001, and surpassed 13,000-megawatts in 2005.
During this heat wave, the company continues to urge its 3.2 million customers in New York City and Westchester County to conserve electricity. Simple conservation tips are available at www.conEd.com, including:
The company urges customers to report power interruptions or service problems online at www.conEd.com, or by calling Con Edison’s toll-free customer service number 1-800-75-CON ED (1-800-752-6633). When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number, if available, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.
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