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Imperial Irrigation District Power Demand Peaked On Weds Aug 4th 2021, Breaking Previous High Set August 14th 2020

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 13: An air-conditioning unit is tested in a revoloutionary and environmentally-friendly housing estate April 13, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. 16 houses in the estate use technology that converts natural gas into electricity. Utility provider Grid X claims that each house generates a third less greenhouse gas than houses that use coal fired electricity. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 13: An air-conditioning unit is tested in a revoloutionary and environmentally-friendly housing estate April 13, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. 16 houses in the estate use technology that converts natural gas into electricity. Utility provider Grid X claims that each house generates a third less greenhouse gas than houses that use coal fired electricity. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

Imperial Irrigation District set a new record for peak electricity demand on Wednesday, August 4th, 2021.

 

The one-hour peak reached 1,133 megawatts between 4-5 p.m., eclipsing the previous record of 1,123 megawatts, which last occurred on August 14, 2020.

 

Customer demand associated with 118-degree temperatures contributed to the new peak.

 

“The system held well,” said Henry Martinez, IID General Manager, congratulating the work of IID’s Energy Department.

 

IID was able to meet yesterday’s energy demand despite the loss of one generating unit. Additionally, while new stand-by mobile generators were available, the district did not have to deploy them.

 

Due to the harsh weather conditions, the district issued a Conserve Alert on Tuesday, encouraging customers to voluntarily take action to conserve energy as conservation helps take stress off energy infrastructure, maintain reliable delivery, avert power outages and helps customers lower their monthly electric bill.

 

To conserve energy: 

  • Avoid the use of major appliances (washers, dryers, dishwashers, pool pumps, charging of electric vehicles, applicable industrial equipment, etc.) between peak hours of 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Set thermostats at 78 degrees or higher when home.
  • Turn off all unnecessary lights.
  • Use floor or ceiling fans to cool off for less; however, be sure to turn fans off when you leave a room as they only cool people, not spaces.
  • Block the sun from overheating your home. Inside, use shades, blinds and drapes. Outside, use awnings, trees and shrubs.

 

The district encourages customers to follow IID on social media, add their email addresses through the online bill payment system or the IID Connect mobile app and visit www.iid.com/ConserveAlert for information. Customers may also contact IID’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-303-7756 to register their emails.

 

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 13: An air-conditioning unit is tested in a revoloutionary and environmentally-friendly housing estate April 13, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. 16 houses in the estate use technology that converts natural gas into electricity. Utility provider Grid X claims that each house generates a third less greenhouse gas than houses that use coal fired electricity. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)  August 6th 2021


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