Heat wave strains power grid, public

Written by Charlene V. Martoni and James O’Rourke
Published in The Journal News

Near-record temperatures led to near-record power consumption Friday as extreme heat drove some to crank their air conditioners and others to seek relief at the county’s cooling centers.

Maria Pollard, a spokeswoman for Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc., said Friday’s demand for electricity was the second highest in company history, topping out around 1,599 megawatts at 4 p.m.  The figure is just shy of the 1,617 megawatts of demand required Aug. 2, 2006.

The anticipated increase in demand drove the company to issue a heat alert Friday morning, but Pollard said O&R’s systems had responded well throughout the day and into the evening.

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