Conservation measures will not only help maintain the power grid but will also help soften the blow of heating bills that may soar after yet another bout of bone-chilling cold.
The company that manages the power grid for the Philadelphia region says things are returning to normal.
They’re doing this because PJM is reporting a winter record for usage. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the demand was 141,500 megawatts, breaking the record of 136,700 set in 2007. The difference, Dotter explains, is enough to power a medium sized city.
The Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland Interconnection (known as “PJM”) is asking for cutbacks on your electricity usage between 3pm and 7pm today.
“It was a pretty scary time in that, immediately after it happened, we really did not know what had caused it,” recalls an electric industry official at a major regional interconnect in Valley Forge, Pa.
SEPTA officials are calling it a “first-in-the-world achievement” for public transit: several stations are now converting the kinetic braking power of trains into electricity.
Peco spokesman Ben Armstrong says the utility broke a demand record for electricity that was sent in August of 2006.
The official start of summer is now less than a month away. However, the regional power pool which serves Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware has been preparing for months to handle the needs for power for those fans and air conditioners.