Q & A HEAT

 

Q Will this heat wave put a strain on our power supply like it’s doing elsewhere around the country?

A While there is always some concern when it comes to extraordinary weather events, and there is the potential for minor interruptions, our system is built to handle the extreme cold and our summer peaks have never been close to our winter peaks, so our system (power supply) should hold up fine. For example, our peak loads in the summer are typically around 200 megawatts (though they are a bit higher than normal right now), whereas our system peak for the most recent cold snap in February was 359 megawatts. Historically, air conditioning has not been near as big of a factor during the summer as heating is during the winter.