MLGW breaks record for electric demand

MLGW broke a record for peak electric demand during Wednesday's high temperatures, the utility said.

The new record demand placed on the utility's system reached 3.395.8 megawatts Wednesday, breaking the record set in August of 2005.  The utility said one megawatt powers 500 to 1000 homes at any given moment.

The utility also reported no heat-related outages during this week's record temperatures.  Heat-related outages were reported in some states Thursday.  The utility said crews were ready to respond if such an outage were to occur.

MLGW also encouraged customers to engage in energy saving practices during the current heat wave.  The utility encourages customers to:

  • Set thermostats at 78 or higher.
  • Use fans to circulate the air.
  • Dress in lightweight and light-colored clothing.
  • Close blinds and drapes on sunny days to block sunlight from entering the home.
  • Keep storm doors and windows closed.
  • Raise the thermostat even higher if people will be away four hours or longer.
  • Do heat producing chores such as cooking, dishwashing and clothes drying in the cooler parts of the day.
  • Turn lights off in areas that are not in use.