HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) – New England’s electric grid operator says energy efficiency will help ensure enough electricity is available even in during an extended heat wave.
ISO-New England said Tuesday that if the temperature hits 90 degrees, electricity demand is expected to peak at about 26,660 megawatts as customers crank up air conditioners. In an extended heat wave of about 95 degrees, demand could peak at about 28,965 megawatts.
Without efficiency measures, the peak forecasts would be about 1,500 megawatts more, which is enough to power more than 1,000 homes. Measures include compact fluorescent bulbs, energy-efficient appliances and upgraded heating and cooling systems.
If all the generators in New England operate at maximum ability, about 30,900 megawatts would be available.
Holyoke, Mass.-based ISO said electricity imports and potential demand reductions could deliver even more power.