In case you needed more proof of how cold it’s been in Lexington lately, the following announcement from Kentucky Utilities spokesman Cliff Feltham may provide some perspective!
KU set another cold weather and all-time customer demand peak during the extreme cold Tuesday evening…
The new peak is 5,070 megawatts which was set in the hour ending at 9 p.m. Tuesday. It surpasses the revised previous all-time and winter record of 5,035 megawatts which was set on Monday evening when the temperature then was -3°. The five top KU peaks are all wintertime peaks.
Another measure of how much electricity customers used during the cold is the 24-hour amount of electricity consumed and that was another record on Tuesday. Customers consumed 110,150 megawatt hours in the 24 hour period between midnight Monday night/Tuesday morning to midnight Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. The revised old record was 102,678 megawatts hours set in the 24 hours on Monday. Monday and Tuesday’s customer consumptions were the first times the usage exceeded 100,000 megawatt hours in a 24 hour period.
DEM hopes all our readers are staying safe and warm. We’d also like to remind you that you can view KU’s current power outage status on their excellent online map: http://stormcenter.lge-ku.com/.