Public asked to conserve electricity

The extremely hot temperatures and high levels of humidity expected this
week in New England could drive regional electricity use to near-record levels, officials said Tuesday morning.

Although power system resources are currently adequate, supplies are likely to become tight and ISO New England Inc., operator of the region’s bulk electric power system, is asking consumers to voluntarily conserve electricity as a prudent, precautionary measure to help keep supply and demand in balance during this heat wave.

As the heat continues to build throughout the week, electricity demand is expected to increase significantly, which is likely to result in tight system conditions,” said Vamsi Chadalavada, executive vice president and chief operating officer of ISO New England Inc.

Here are some conservation tips:

• Raise air conditioning thermostats by a few degrees if health permits. A suggested temperature range is between 74°F–78°F
• Turn off unneeded lights and appliances
• Turn off unnecessary office equipment
• Shut off air conditioners when leaving home for extended periods of time
• Defer laundry and other chores requ
iring electricity until the early morning or late evening hours

The agency expects peak demand to be reached on Thursday afternoon. For more information, go here.

Frank Juliano