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Northern Nevada Power Consumption Sets Record High

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We have seen record breaking weather this week, but the mercury is not the only thing breaking records. Power consumption is as well.

NV Energy says Monday, the 2007 record of 1,743 megawatts was broken.

“Monday we hit a peak demand for Northern Nevada where the demand was 1,761 megawatts,” said Shahzad Lateef, Director of Transmission and Distribution Operations with NV Energy.

To put that number in perspective, Las Vegas’s all time power usage stands nearly 6,000 megawatts.

So what is the difference between the two locations?

“Las Vegas relies a lot on air conditioners,” said Lateef. “There is a lot less air conditioning here.”

For NV Energy’s purposes, the state is divided into two. The northern part of the state stretches from Tonopah to the Oregon and Idaho borders, and of course, there's the southern part of the state.

The temperature is the main factor in the new record; however, Lateef says this is a sign of a recovering economy with new construction and housing.

“It’s a healthy sign for our economy to see,” he said. “That growth is back and we are increasing our load. It’s a pretty clear sign” 
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