EL PASO – El Paso Electric Company (EPE) customers set a new peak demand of approximately 1,986 megawatts (MW), 2.9% or 57 MW higher than the peak established on June 26th, 2017. This preliminary indication is still subject to final verification.
This marks the second time this year that a new peak has been set, EPE customers had set a peak demand of approximately 1,952 MW, which was about 1% higher of the previous record set in 2017.
The region experienced unseasonably hot weather this late in the summer, which increased energy demand and electricity usage. Typical factors that lead to new peak demands are gradual annual increases in the customer base, adoption of refrigerated air conditioning, as well as increasingly hot weather.
“Over the last two years, since we previously experienced a record-breaking peak, our customer base has grown by more than 11,000 customers,” stated EPE interim CEO, Adrian J. Rodriguez.
Source: El Paso Electric Company press release