NY Power Grid Meets New Record Electrical Demand

RENSSELAER, N.Y. -

The operators of New York state’s power grid say the system has successfully met a new record peak winter demand for electricity resulting from last week’s arctic weather conditions. The New York Independent System Operator said Thursday that electricity demand hit a winter record high of 25,738 megawatts on Tuesday evening, beating the old record of 25,541 megawatts, set back on Dec. 20, 2004. Summer peak demand is typically higher; it hit a record of 33,956 megawatts during a heat wave last July. The state’s electrical generators are capable of producing 40,196 megawatts, and additional power is available from beyond New York.