ISO New England using reserve electricity during heat wave

5:56 PM, Jul 19, 2013   |    comments
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HOLYOKE, Mass. (NEWS CENTER) - ISO New England, which oversees electricity transmission and generation across six states, has had to dip into reserve electricity supplies.

According to ISO New England Spokesperson Marcia Blomberg, demand for electricity was forecasted to be near record-breaking Friday.

Blomberg said ISO's grid capacity is 32,000 megawatts, and the record for New England demand was set in August 2006 at 28,300 megawatts.

Analysts predicted Friday, demand could reach 27,800 megawatts, prompting the organization to use several demand response resources.

The first is using reserve electricity supplies. ISO New England has also asked cooperating customers to reduce consumption, and is appealing to the public to voluntarily cut back.

For more information on the request for voluntary conservation, check the ISO New England website.

People can reduce air conditioner use by raising temperature settings and avoid chores such as laundry and wishing dishes during afternoon hours to cut back on electricity consumption.


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