The Oil Drum: New York City

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Record Electric Usage for Con Edison

Due to the hot, humid weather in NYC this week, Consolidated Edison (Con Ed for short)reported record electric usage yesterday July 19th "at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon when 12,250 megawatts were provided, topping the prior record of 12,207 megawatts set on August 9, 2001."

On it's website, Con Ed reports that "electric usage has grown by nearly 20 percent during the past 10 years. And, as the economy continues to grow, there is every expectation that these trends will continue for the foreseeable future."

Well, we know that the future is uncertain with the coming peak in oil production in the not too distant future. There are many different ideas on what this might mean, but most would agree that as oil and natural gas prices get higher, we will probably lean more heavily on electricity to run everything including cars and dirty coal will be used to fire our increasing electric usage.

That's why we need to invest much more in reducing electricity demand and developing our green power, particularly wind and solar. I urge all New Yorkers to switch their electricity provider from the generic Con Ed service to their green power product, which costs just a little bit more but has some other incentives like a $25 refund after 3 months.


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