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.READ MORE: COVID Impact: Jersey City Schools In-Person Learning Back On, But Some Parents Have Concerns About Phased-In Approach
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.MORE NEWS: MTA At Odds With NYPD Over Response To Subway Crime As More People Return To Public Transit
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