OG&E Encourages Demand-Response Efforts Amid Heat Wave

Renew Grid, Monday August 06, 2012 - 14:35:19

In an effort to preserve the state's power grid during a record-breaking heat wave, Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG&E) has requested that its customers voluntarily minimize their home and business power usage.

According to a report in NewsOK.com, OG&E has asked its customers to adjust thermostats either to 78 degrees F or the "highest comfortable temperature," shut off and unplug "unnecessary electrical equipment" and avoid using electrical appliances and equipment during the peak demand hours of 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. daily.

OG&E is hovering near its record power demand of 7.057 GW, which was set last summer. However, the current heat wave and the reopening of Oklahoma City's public school has exacerbated power demand.

"We have not set a new record, but we are currently seeing near-record peaks each day," says Brian Alford, a utility spokesperson. "With all of our equipment running day after day at maximum output, and now with schools opening and adding to the electric load, we're asking customers to conserve when they can," Alford said in a statement. "We don't anticipate problems; it just makes sense for us to be cautious."



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