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Heat Wave Creates Near-Record Energy Use

The heat wave of last week is finally gone, but it left its mark in the record books. Not only were there temperatures well above 100 degrees but there was a lot of demand for electricity. Pacific Gas and Electric Company spokeswoman Brandi Melo says they came very close to a single day record for power consumption…

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The company’s all-time system peak was on July 25, 2006 when the demand for electricity hit 22,468 megawatts. Thursday’s mark for all of northern and central California was 20,754 megawatts. Despite the high demand, Merlo says P-G-and-E was never in any danger of rolling brownouts or major outages…

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She says those were minimal. With the chances of another significant heat wave this summer, Merlo says the utility will be ready when the thermometer heats up again.

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