Heat Wave Increases Electric Usage

7/25/11 – For some Wisconsin residents the air conditioner ran all the time last week. Demand for power has been high — record-setting in some cases. Madison Gas and Electric broke its all-time usage record last Tuesday with 752 megawatts of demand. That mark didn’t stand long. The very next day, the power company reported electric usage by its customers reached 777 megawatts. Xcel Energy reports it had some heat-related outages, but said they were very minor compared to what other states were experiencing. Elsewhere in Wisconsin, We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service both were within three percent of setting records last week when the temperatures were their hottest.