Utilities Prep for Heat's Impact on Power Grid

"Our system is built to handle the summer peak demands"

Brian Mazurowski
July 19, 2019 - 10:57 am

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Utilities are getting ready for the heat to put extra stress on the power grid.

National Grid has been sending emails to customers in the hope that they will listen to their requests to scale back energy use during peak hours to reduce the chance of outages.

"Our system is built to handle the summer peak demands that we typically experience," said Ken Kujawa of National Grid. "On days like today and through this weekend, our system will be stressed a little bit, so we're asking our customers to be smart about how they use their energy both today and this weekend."

When problems do happen, Kujawa expects to be able to address them quickly.

"What we typically do, and what we will do trough this weekend is have additional crews stationed in all of our service centers across Western New York so that if we do have a power outage we can respond to that immediately."

For users, Kujawa said peak hours are typically between 3:00pm and 7:00pm. He's hoping that along with scaling back on use of the Air Conditioning, people can refrain from using large electric appliances.

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