New York set a power usage record in July 2010

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), the organization that manages the state's power grid, announced that New Yorkers consumed 17,312 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity in July, the highest monthly usage on record.

The amount of electricity consumed in July 2010 was 19 percent higher than July 2009, when the monthly usage was 14,542 GWh. While July 2010 was among the hottest months on record, July 2009 was cooler than normal. The extreme heat caused many New Yorkers to seek comfort in air-conditioned homes, workplaces and cooling centers.

Demand had been trending lower as a result of the economic downturn and energy-efficiency initiatives; however, the heat and increased economic activity pushed usage higher than anticipated. July also saw one of the state's highest peaks when demand reached 33,452 megawatts (MW) on July 6, 2010.



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