“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.