July 16, 2007
The scorching heat blanketing Idaho is creating ALL-TIME HIGH DEMANDS for electricity. Idaho Power set a new record Friday when usage topped out at 3,193 megawatts at about 4 p.m. It marked the third time this month the utility has had to rewrite its record books. Temperatures in July have consistently surged into the 100s across the state, a streak that was expected to continue for several more days before easing by this weekend with temperatures predicted in the low 90s. Low snowpack and drought have reduced flows and hydroelectric energy production on Snake River dams, forcing the utility to supplement about 33 percent of its peak afternoon demand with imported electricity.
CANADA - Alberta - Consumers in Alberta can look forward to hefty electricity bills as continued heat and RECORD DEMAND jack up prices in Canada's first deregulated electricity market. Power prices in Alberta red-lined Monday at $999.99 per megawatt hour - the maximum allowable by the province - as hot weather blanketed most cities, driving up cooling and generation loads. Even the province's power plants were overheating, forcing some generators to ramp down power output by 10 to 15 per cent as temperatures remained well above seasonal values for the third week in a row.
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