Wednesday, July 3, 2013

On Summer's 10th Day, Idaho Power Sets New Record

Posted By on Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 9:48 AM

If you had Monday, July 1 at 3 p.m., then you won the pool.

That's the date and time Idaho Power set a new record peak of electricity ... only one week into the summer of 2013.

Idaho Power reported that its Langley Gulch gas-fired power plant near New Plymouth was pushing out 286 megawats of power, while the company's three coal plants were producing 938 MW and nearly 1,300 MW was coming from 17 hydroelectric dams. Additionally, all of the wind turbines currently on Idaho Power's grid were generating 70 MW.

July 1's usage topped the previous record of 3,425 total MW on July 12, 2012.

“At the time of the new peak, all generation resources from our diverse energy portfolio were dispatched; we also had sufficient reserve power in place,” said Lisa Grow, Senior Vice President of Power Supply.

Meanwhile, triple digit temperatures, a heat advisory and hazardous weather outlook remains in effect for the region through the July 4 holiday.

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