Con Ed: Record temps create record electricity demand

Last week's heat wave not only set some new temperature records, but also hit new marks for electrical usage.

Con Edison says its customers used a terawatt hours worth of electricity, which is equivalent to 1 trillion watt hours of electricity over those four days. That is more electricity then the entire state of Vermont uses in two months, officials say.

At the peak of electrical demand last Friday afternoon, Con Ed says its customers used 13,189 megawatts of power beating a record set back in August 2006.

Utility officials were crossing their fingers that the electrical grid would hold and that the strain would not cause a regional blackout.

Con Ed now says one of the main reasons that didn't happen was that customers across Westchester, New York and the Hudson Valley heeded the call to conserve.

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