Heat wave dicussion
by JESSICA HALE
Thermometers aren't the only thing showing high numbers lately. The recent heat wave has resulted in record power usage peaks over the past week.
According to AEP Kentucky Power, customers have set three consecutive summer peak records this week. On Monday at approximately 3 p.m., Kentucky Power customers demanded a record 1,362 megawatts of electricity. That record was broken on Tuesday when customers used 1,372 megawatts around 5 p.m. The largest amount seen so far was on Wednesday, when customers used 1,388 megawatts.
Normally, Kentucky Power is a "winter peaking" company. The company's all time demand peak was recorded Jan. 24, 2005, when customers used 1,685 megawatts at around 8 a.m.
The company says that all demand peaks are preliminary and subject to verification when additional metering information is available, but they also say that given the magnitude of the increased demand, it is unlikely that the numbers will vary significantly.
One of the largest electric utilities in the United States, AEP delivers electricity to over five million customers in 11 states. AEP also ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 36,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.
With the current peaks in temperatures around the region, there seems to be no end to amounts of electricity being used and more hot and steamy days are on the way.
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