On Thursday, the Nebraska Public Power District reached an estimated record peak load of 2,687 megawatts, topping the previous mark of 2,671 megawatts set on July 30, 2006.
To conserve energy and keep your electric bill as low as possible, NPPD recommends washing and drying clothes and running the dishwasher during late evening; set their air conditioning thermostat up a few degrees or use a programmable thermostat; decreasing the use of hot water, closing window blinds to shade rooms from direct sunlight; and circulating the air in your home with a ceiling or portable fan.
“Customers may want to conserve energy,” NPPD Chief Operating Officer Tom Kent said. The hot temperatures can mean a higher electric bill, due to the use of more electricity for air conditioning.
NPPD utilizes its portfolio of resources – coal, nuclear, gas, wind and hydro -- to meet demand, and purchasing power from other utilities when necessary.
“Our facilities and system have been performing well to match the high load levels we have seen lately,” said Kent.
NPPD matches generation to the electrical load, ensuring customers of a consistent source of energy.
"Personnel at our power plants, control center, and the technicians who maintain and operate our transmission and distribution assets are working hard to keep NPPD’s delivery of electricity reliable and at a reasonable cost to customers.”
“It is unusual to see these high temperatures this early in the summer," Kent said, "and predictions continue for a hot and dry summer. We would encourage customers to implement some of these energy conservation tips. NPPD is committed to serving our customers’ needs at the lowest possible cost, and we owe it to customers to help them understand how they can save money, too.”
Additional energy conservation tips can be found at www.nppd.com.