New York Power Demand Hit High for the Year Tuesday, ConEd Says

New Yorkers trying to cope with scorching temperatures during July’s heat wave set a 2020 record for electricity demand on Tuesday, according to Consolidated Edison.

The utility provided 11,814 megawatts at 3 p.m. to customers in New York City and Westchester County, exceeding last week’s high. The all-time record of 13,322 megawatts was set July 19, 2013.

Tuesday marked the 12th day this month that temperatures have touched at least 90 degrees in Manhattan, well above the long-term average of six. The heat isn’t expected to fade until the end of the week. While the pandemic has caused a decline in overall power demand, the need for electricity in certain residential neighborhoods has increased due to more people being at home, Con Edison said.

“Con Edison crews continue performing arduous work under trying, sweltering conditions to keep power flowing,” the company said in a statement.

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