The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 8, 2014

3 states push power demand to new peak amid cold


The Associated Press

CHARLESTON — The brutal cold that put parts of the country in a deep freeze was certainly noticed by Appalachian Power customers.

The power company says its customers in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee established an unofficial all-time peak demand for electricity at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The Arctic cold mass that gripped the company’s service area saw demand rise to 8,410 megawatts. That tops the previous record set in January 2009.

Appalachian Power President Charles Patton said in a statement Wednesday the cold temperatures pushed customer demand for electricity to new heights for the power company.

The company has about 1 million customers in the three states. The new peak demand mark will be confirmed next month when additional metering information is available.