Operators of the Region's Electrical Grid Say They're Ready for the Summer Heat

  • Susan Phillips

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Towers carrying electricity in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania from the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station.


PJM Interconnection says they’ve got enough electricity to help cool down the dog days of summer. PJM manages 62,000 miles of transmission lines over 13 states and the District of Columbia. In a press release, PJM announced they forecast a peak demand for 153,780 megawatts of power this summer. The record for the region’s demand is 163,760 megawatts set July 21, 2011 during a severe heat wave last summer marked by several days reaching into the triple digits.

“PJM, with the support of its members, expects to be as ready as we were last year for whatever the summer brings, even if it’s just typical summer heat,” said Michael Kormos, senior vice president – Operations. “Last summer, we not only met a new record peak for power but kept the high voltage grid stable despite a hurricane, tropical storm and earthquake,” Kormos said.

 

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