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Con Edison: NY Customers Used 1 Trillion Watts Of Power During Heat Wave

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Air conditioning units for sale at P.C. Richard & Son - Carle Place, NY - Jul 21, 2011 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Con Edison says New York customers used not a million, not a billion, but a trillion watt hours of electricity during last week’s brutal four-day heat wave.

That’s one-sixth of what Vermont generally uses in a year.

The all-time peak record for energy use was broken at 4 p.m. Friday, clocking in at 13,189 megawatts. That was 48 megawatts higher than the previous record set in August of 2006.

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About 80,000 customers lost power in scattered outages during that sticky stretch. The utility reduced voltage in 69 city neighborhoods to protect the supply.

Large customers got paid to cut back on power, which the utility credits with reducing demand by about 500 megawatts during peak hours on Thursday and Friday.

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