Ireland electricity demand

Customers of El Paso Electric Company have set new peak demand of approximately 1.986MW on Monday, 26 August 2019.

This marks a 2.9% or 57% increase from the company’s previous energy peak record which was set on 26 June 2017.

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However, on 7 August Wednesday, the utility’s peak demand reached 1,952MW, a 1% increase from the 2017 record.

The increase in the demand is due to the hot weather experienced in the region. The hot weather increased consumer energy usage as the adoption and usage of refrigerated air conditioning systems rose.

At the same time, an increase in the utility’s customer base has also led to the peak records being broken.

Adrian J Rodriguez, interim CEO of El Paso Electric, said: “Over the last two years since we previously experienced a record-breaking peak, our customer base has grown by more than 11,000 customers.

“While the growth and development of our service region is an exciting trajectory, we are consistently managing our infrastructure and measuring the need for additional energy production and delivery to meet customer demand. At the same time, reminding the community on ways to conserve energy can be beneficial to customers’ bills while helping protect the environment.”

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