Weather spurs record demand for electricity in South Carolina - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Cold weather spurs record demand for electricity in SC


Palmetto Electric Cooperative said it reached a new peak demand on Tuesday morning.

The new record demand hit 467 megawatts between 9 and 10 a.m. Tuesday.

"This all-time record peak exceeds by 10 percent the previous peak of 420 megawatts set on December 14, 2010," said G. Thomas Upshaw, Palmetto Electric Cooperative president and CEO, in a statement.

The weather also resulted in several outages. See the latest outage data at under the outage/storm center tab.  

 "We have had one major outage reported in the Folly Field area as well as a number of scattered outages.  Altogether approximately 1,300 consumers lost service. Our system has responded very well under the circumstances," said Upshaw in a statement. 

Palmetto Electric recommends a thermostat setting of 68 degrees.  For every degree above this setting consumers will add approximately 4-8 percent to their heating cost.

The company issued these energy saving tips:

  • Set thermostat at 55 degrees if the home is vacant for a week or longer.
  • Caulk around all doors and window. Replace and remove loose or cracked caulking.
  • Prevent heat lose by using weather stripping. Seal doors and windows to prevent drafts.  Install sweeps on the bottom of doors to keep out cold air. Don't forget to use weather stripping on attic access.
  • Get a qualified technician to tune up and clean the central heating systems.
  • Keep air filters clean and change them regularly.
  • Have your chimney checked by a qualified chimney sweep and check your fireplace damper to be sure it opens and closes properly.

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