New England poised for energy-use record
The Independent System Operator of New England, which manages the region's electricity grid from control centers in Holyoke, Mass., is predicting peak demand of 27,600 megawatts, after pumping 26,210 megawatts into the grid on Tuesday and 26,500 on Wednesday.
As the hot and humid conditions persist, experts say, tolerance begins to decline and people use more energy than ever to stay comfortable.
"As the heat continues to build, electricity demand is expected to increase significantly, which is likely to result in tight system conditions, said Vasmi Chadalavada, vice president and chief operating office at ISO New England. "The ISO is asking consumers to voluntarily conserve as a precautionary step to help manage system conditions."
The majority of New England's power plants are now fueled by natural gas, which has become the power supply of choice given its lower price and cleaner burning attributes. In the winter, power plants compete with regulated utilities that provide natural gas to heat homes. The utilities have guaranteed contracts that ensure them their share of the limited supply, thus constraining the amount needed for power plants.
READER COMMENTS: 1
- City Matters: Little sleep for Vietnam vet - 3
- City Matters: Market Basket workers' outlook challenges the skeptics among us - 10
- Mark Hayward's City Matters: 'Taps' is soundtrack of summer ceremony - 0
- Mark Hayward's City Matters: Manchester's bike culture shifts into high gear - 0
- Mark Hayward's City Matters: Central buddies play on - 1
- DIY addition draws city's, neighbors' ire - 6
- Mark Hayward's City Matters: Negroni family lays claim to namesake cocktail - 0
- Mark Hayward's City Matters: West Side neighborhood loses trees and backyard privacy for the summer - 1
- Mark Hayward's City Matters: Southside Middle School, where nary a gripe will be heard - 5
READER COMMENTS: 0
- On Baseball: Fisher Cats manager Meacham learned a few things, too - 0
- First and 10: Old No. 1 begins as new No. 1 - 0
- NHIAA Girls' Soccer Preview: All eyes on Bedford, Exeter - 0
- Another View -- Dan McGuire: We Free Staters are not some threat to be feared - 0
- Taxpayer rights: Left, right should restore them - 0
- Hooksett highs: A good multiple choice test - 0
- No paper Monday - 0
- Patriots' Garoppolo solid, but Giants eke out 16-13 win in preseason finale - 0
- Education business tax credit program upheld - 0
Enter to win tickets to see Paula Poundstone
Win tickets to see Steven Wright
Where is Shaheen? Hiding from you
Weekly brother gave police wrong name