RENSSELAER, N.Y., May 27 (UPI) — Power company officials in New York say the state’s electricity supplies should be adequate to meet this summer’s expected demand for power.
“New York State is well prepared for summer electricity demand,” said New York Independent System Operator President and CEO Stephen Whitley. “Extreme weather is the dominant factor when it comes to producing very high demand for electricity. Heat waves could produce peak loads this summer to rival those of recent years. However, overall electricity consumption is trending lower as a result of the economic slowdown and New York State’s vigorous energy efficiency initiatives.”
The NYISO forecasts New York’s summer 2010 peak usage will reach 33,025 megawatts, which is 7 percent higher than the 2009 summer peak of 30,844 MW, which, in turn, was the lowest annual peak since 2004 as a result of relatively cooler summer conditions and the economic recession.
Whitley said the peak forecast for this summer would be 2.7 percent (914 MW) lower than the record system peak of 33,939 MW recorded Aug. 2, 2006.
Peak loads are measurements of the average total electric demand by consumers for a one-hour period. One megawatt of electricity can serve approximately 800 to 1,000 homes.
A copy of the NYISO’s Summer Outlook is available at http://www.nyiso.com/public/webdocs/newsroom/other_reports/NYISO_2010_Summer_Outlook_05272010.pdf.
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