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IID hits year's peak power use after local temps soar to 115

July 03, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

Soaring temperatures contributed to Imperial Irrigation District hitting its peak power use so far this year as 717 megawatts were used Monday around 6 p.m.

IID spokeswoman Sue Giller said power use topped out last summer at 705 MW on July 19. IID officials predicted this year's peak would reach 720 MW.

"We want to assure people we had plenty of power to meet that need," Giller said, adding there was no concern of blackouts.

Giller said the power peak was not surprising because of Monday's high temperature, which was around 115 degrees. She also said more power is used on weekdays than weekends.

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While reassuring customers they need not fear losing power because of increased demand, Giller said people can do a lot to keep down their energy costs.

She suggested people not use heavy appliances during the day, keep windows covered, use fans to help cool people indoors and keep air-conditioner units set at 78 degrees.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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