Dropping temperatures push power usage up

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 7:20 PM

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SPOKANE, Wash. -- Avista Utilities’ officials said power usage has gone up as temperatures went down, but not as much as one would think.

According to Avista officials, power usage is not significantly higher than normal. One megawatt can power 750 homes. Normally in December, when temperatures are in the 30’s, usage is around 1400 megawatts.

On Thursday, with temps around 13 degrees, Spokane was almost at 1800 megawatts, which is up more than 13 percent. 

The record was set back in 2008 where the city used more than 1800 megawatts.

Avista leaders did not say specifically how much of an increase that means on the average bill. Avista leaders also said they expect usage to go down from here.

 

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