ISO New England asking consumers to conserve electricity

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted July 16, 2013, at 2:02 p.m.

HOLYOKE, Mass. — In the wake of a heat wave baking the Northeast, ISO New England is asking people to conserve electricity.

The rising temperatures and humidity could drive regional electricity use to near-record levels, according to a statement released by ISO New England.

Consumers are especially advised to conserve electricity between the hours of noon and 8 p.m.

To conserve electricity, consumers are being asked to turn off all unneeded lights, appliances and office equipment, shut off air conditioners when leaving home for a long period of time and defer laundry and other household chores requiring use of electricity to early morning or late evening hours.

Electricity use across New England is forecast to reach record-breaking levels throughout the week, with the highest peak demand forecast for Thursday at 27,800 megawatts. Tuesday’s forecast predicted peak demand at 27,500 megawatts and Wednesday’s at 27,700.

The all-time record of 28,130 megawatts was set in August 2006. In New England, one megawatt of electricity can power 1,000 homes.

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