Record Hot Weather in June and July Did Not Set Any One-Day Electric Peaks
The National Weather Service says July followed June as being the hottest on record, but Dominion Virginia Power says so far, the one-day peak consumption record still stands.
Virginia Power says so far, the one-day peak consumption record still stands.
Netterdine: The record for customer demand for electricity stands at the number set on August 8th, 2007.
Carl Netterdine, Dominion Virginia Power.
Netterdine: We find that, when there are several weekdays in a row of extremely hot weather, that's when the temperatures build up during the day, they don't completely cool off at night, so you've got an effect that it just gets a little bit hotter, the buildings retain more heat, and that's what really drives cooling demand.
He says customers have also been heeding their advice, ramping up thermostats, closing blinds and cutting back on cooling when they're not at home.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News