20 Jul '11, 10pm

Electricity Demand Soars in Mid-Atlantic States

Getty Images Children cooled off in the nation’s capital on a hot July day. As millions of air conditioners sucked power, electricity consumption in the mid-Atlantic region soared on Wednesday beyond the level that planners had estimated would be the peak for this year. But grid operators in that region, and in New England and New York, said they were confident they could meet demand during the current heat wave. The record for power demand in all three areas was set in August 2006. An enduring recession that has closed industries, shops and homes, as well as some improvements in the efficiency of electric equipment, has kept demand in check since then. Last summer, when there was a sustained hot period in July, with sweltering nights as well as hot days, some areas set records for consumption over all, but not for peak demand, the point at which demand is highest. The mid...

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