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Spike in electricity usage breaks 2006 record in NY

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RENSSELAER, N.Y. -- Breaking a record set in 2006, the sixth day of a persistent heat wave produced record demand for electricity across New York on Friday, the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) has announced.  

Between 3 and 4 p.m. Friday, the NYISO recorded an hourly average peak load of more 33,955 megawatts, surpassing the previous record of 33,939 MW set on August 2, 2006. It is possible that demand could continue to rise and the record peak load could change later in the day.

"Due to the superb teamwork and coordination of New York's transmission owning utilities, electric generating companies, demand response resources, energy services providers and government agencies, we have successfully met record-high electric demand with sustained reliable operation of the bulk electric system," said NYISO President and CEO Stephen G. Whitley.

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