New England sets electricity use records

Posted Oct. 12, 2010, at 12:07 a.m.

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.