SRP Customers Break Energy Consumption Record on Hottest Day of the Year

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Monday’s 115-degree heat wave set a new electricity consumption record, according to one of Arizona’s largest electricity providers. Salt River Project (SRP) said Monday’s scorching heat pushed equipment in the utility’s electrical division to a new usage record as many air conditioners worked overtime to keep Valley residents fresh. The utility said the highest demand occurred between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. as many customers returned home.

“Maricopa County is the fastest growing county in the nation, and that’s reflected in this new record for power demand in SRP’s service territory,” said Laura Olson, power and of the SRP business. “We have been able to meet increased customer demand thanks to our dedicated employees who ensure we have the energy to serve our customers and who maintain a robust electrical system year-round to provide reliable service. »

According to SRP, approximately 7,620 megawatts of electricity were delivered during the one-hour period. That’s an increase of five megawatts from the last record, 7,615 megawatts, which was broken on July 12, 2020. For comparison, one megawatt is enough energy to power about 225 homes. According to the utility, while temperatures remain dangerously high, customers can find effective ways to save electricity on their website by clicking here for more information.

There is little relief from the heat even when the sun goes down due to Phoenix’s urban heat island effect.

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