Dominion Says Power Use is Up
With temperatures well above ninety nearly every day, Virginians are using a lot more electricity this summer than they did last summer to keep cool.
Dominion Virginia Power says electric energy use was 13.7 percent higher last month than it was in June a year ago.
Neddenien: Customers are using significantly more electricity to try to maintain the home temperature at something reasonable.
Dominion’s Karl Neddenien. For the first 18 days of July, power use jumped just over 15 and a half percent higher than last year, but Dominion says it isn’t having any problems keeping up with the demand for electricity.
Neddenien: We do not anticipate having any problem at all meeting customer demand. We have generating stations that are operating very efficiently; we also have additional sources of electricity from other members of the PJM interconnection, which operates the regional electric grid here on the east coast.
Using more electricity will cost you, but Neddenien says:
Neddenien: You can benefit from using a fan specifically blowing air down; it will allow you to set the temperature on your heat pump a little higher.
John Ogle, WCVE News