HOLYOKE, Mass. — Despite the weak economy, electricity consumers in New England have set new records for power use.
ISO-New England, the Holyoke-based grid operator for the region, says peak demand hit record levels in May and September. The region also set an all-time record in electricity consumption for one month in July.
ISO-New England says July was the second-hottest July in New England since 1960 and New England’s all-time electricity consumption for one month was recorded that month at 13,385 gigawatt-hours.
The previous one-month consumption record was set in July 2006, with 13,365 gigawatt-hours of electricity used.
Energy consumption in June, July and August totaled 36,863 gigawatt-hours, ranking summer 2010 in third place behind summer 2005 and summer 2006.