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NE Electric use records: Top 10 demand days since 2005 

ISO New England, the Holyoke company that operates the power grid for the six New England states, is predicting that electricity use will approach record levels this week. Here are the top 10 demand days and megawatts used.

Aug. 2, 2006 28,130

July 22, 2011 27,707

Aug. 1, 2006 27,467

July 18, 2006 27,329

Aug. 3, 2006 27,118

July 6, 2010 27,100

July 27, 2005 26,885

July 19, 2005 26,736

July 17, 2006 26,721

July 7, 2010 26,498


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Monday, July 15, 2013

HADLEY — When heat waves hit, people take it easy, recline in front of fans and take cold showers to keep cool. Many farm animals do the same. At Hartsbrook Farm on Bay Road this week, the black and white milk cows spent the 95-degree days in the shady barn with eight fans blowing on them, and their nights outside, …

Heat wave puts stress on power grid

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — People may use enough electricity during this week’s heat wave to topple an all-time record, prompting the company that operates the region’s power grid to urge consumers to voluntarily conserve electricity for the first time since a brutal stretch of hot weather seven years ago. ISO New England, the Holyoke company that runs the grid in New England, …

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