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NYISO projects near record demand for electricity as heat wave settles in

By: Richard Moody |

With temperatures expected to hang above 90 degrees throughout the week, the New York Independent System Operator projects a near-record demand for electricity in the coming days.

The peak demand — a measurement of the average total electric demand by consumers in a given hour long period — for Monday is expected to be 33,300 megawatts, in comparison with the record peak demand recorded on Aug. 2, 2006 at 33,939 megawatts.

NYISO called for the use of demand response programs, meant to reduce consumer usage of energy, between 1 and 6 p.m. Monday downstate, and in all zones across the state tomorrow between 12 and 6 p.m. There are more than 1,250 megawatts of demand response resources statewide.

“While New York currently has sufficient resources to meet the higher demand for electricity, it is important for all electricity consumers to follow the conservation advice of their local utility,” said Stephen Whitley, president and CEO of NYISO.