Electric Demand and Usage Soars in July
Most of NHU's residential and business customers don't need to be told that we had some hot weather in July. Electric demand and usage soared in July as the fans, air conditioners and dehumidifiers worked overtime in an attempt to keep up with temperatures topping out near 100 degrees and high humidity levels.
The warmest stretch occurred from July 17 through 21. NHU's electric system achieved a peak demand of 9.79 Megawatts (MW) on July 20 during the 4:00 pm hour. In fact, seven of the utility's high hourly peaks for the month occurred on July 20th. The peak demand was 11% higher than the prior month and 13% higher than July of 2010. For the month, NHU customers used 4,346,009 Kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity. Electric usage was up 21% from June, but only slightly higher (2%) than July of 2010.
The Farmer's Almanac is predicting a cooler than normal month of August. We will have to wait and see! Enjoy the rest of the summer.