Peak Energy Demand Reached Tuesday

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

We may not have reached record breaking temperatures Tuesday, but it was one for the record books. Alliant Energy says more people used electricity Tuesday, then ever before.

"Our peak demand previously was set on August 20, 2003 at about 2782 Megawatts. (Tuesday) we reached about 2800 megawatts," says Scott Smith from Alliant Energy.

One reason for the huge demand -- obviously -- air conditioning. But Smith says there is another reason. He says Alliant Energy usually hits peak demand during the week, when both industrial customers and residential customers are using electricity.

So far this summer, most of our hottest days have fallen on weekends which has cut down on the industrial load.

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