State-owned utility Santee Cooper had a rise in demand Monday morning as the cold weather set a new record. “Between the hours of 7 and 8 a.m. we set a new all-time peak demand record of 5,668 megawatts. It tops the previous record, which has really stood for about two years, and we think it’s a reflection of the very cold temperatures and also the fact that it was a Monday morning and you had people getting ready for school and for work, and it just all sort of conspired to set a new record of peak demand for us,” says Santee Cooper spokesperson Mollie Gore.
Gore says they were prepared for the increased demand.
“For Santee Cooper it means we need to make sure our generating stations are up to speed, operating at their full potential. It also means that we are hoping people who are using our electricity have also been paying attention to our messages and promotions on conservation and energy efficiency. We recognize that as the state grows and as the temperatures get cold, and we have all of these events coming together, we are going to set new demand records, but that’s not our goal,” says Gore.
Gore says there’s always a need for conservation.
“We always need to conserve electricity. We do have some active programs in place to actually incent our customers, encourage them through rebates and other promotions to do things they can sort of on a continuing basis to save energy and electricity. We have a refrigerating recycling program for customers,” says Gore.
Gore says despite Monday’s record breaking demand, Tuesday (today) the pressure was relieved because temperatures were about 10 degrees warmer.