Peak Electricity Demands Prompt Call for Conservation

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, July 18, 2005

A cooler-than-usual start to the summer kept peak electricity demand in the mid-thirty-thousand megawatt range. But now that summer heat is upon us, that demand is expected to stay over 40-thousand megawatts for the next few days.  The California Independent System Operator manages the state’s power grid. Spokesman Gregg Fishman says power requirements may ease somewhat as the week progresses. 

“It’s going to be a high demand at least through Wednesday this week, we may get a little bit of cooling by Thursday, by the weekend it’s supposed to drop off a little bit at least. But this is a pretty intense heat wave we’re in. It’s not just California, it’s other states around the west.

Fishman says current supplies should meet the needs of power users around the state. However conservation is urged, particularly to prevent use of older power plants that don’t operate as cleanly as newer ones.