PECO not expecting record-setting energy demand

    Heat wave will drive up use, but 2006 record is safe

    This week’s scorching temperatures will find many setting their air conditioners and fans on high. Officials for PECO Energy say the company is prepared to handle the increased demand for electricity.

    With temperatures hitting 90 degrees and above all week, the temptation to blast the air conditioner will be hard to resist.

    PECO spokesman Ben Armstrong says customers are free to do so : The company won’t have a problem supplying the necessary electricity.

    He says while energy use will be high this week, the all-time record is safe.

    “Our all-time peak was 8,932 megawatts on August 3, 2006. We’re actually looking at this week to probably top out around 7,800 megawatts. That could be tomorrow or Thursday based on the weather.”

    Armstrong says customers who want to avoid a big bill at the end of the month should consider moving up the thermostat a few degrees. He says it may not feel different, but will help reduce peak-hour energy demand.

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