NYSEG and RG&E Set New Records for Peak Customer Power Use
(July 22, 2011) – As the temperatures soared yesterday, NYSEG and RG&E set records for customer power use.
NYSEG set a new peak load record of 3,346 megawatts (mw), eclipsing the old record of 3,299 mw set on August 2, 2006. NYSEG’s 2010 summer peak was 3,178 mw on July 8.
RG&E’s new peak load record is 1,752 mw, surpassing the old record of 1,744 mw set on August 1, 2006. RG&E’s 2010 summer peak was 1,638 mw set on July 8.
“We invest time, energy and money all year long to ensure that we can provide safe, reliable service to our 1.2 million electricity customers and 560,000 natural gas customers,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “Yesterday our efforts paid off – our electricity delivery systems held up well under extremely stressful weather conditions.”
Through 2013, NYSEG and RG&E – with support from parent company Iberdrola USA – will be investing nearly $1.2 billion to ensure safe, reliable electricity and natural gas service.
Note: “Peak load” is the total electricity demand by all customers at a point in time, and it is a good real-time indicator of how much electricity is being consumed. When load peaks, it is largely as a result of weather and economic conditions. A megawatt serves approximately 800 to 1,000 homes.