LG&E, KU Set Energy Consumption Records During Monday’s Cold Snap

Monday’s cold weather set some new records for energy usage in Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities’ service area. From a company news release:

  • The LG&E and KU combined electric systems set a new all-time winter peak record of 7,106 megawatts. To help put that in perspective, this surpasses the previous all-time winter peak electric record of 6,555 megawatts set in 2009.
  • In addition, LG&E experienced a peak electric demand of 2,096 megawatts at 7 p.m., which exceeded the previous all-time winter peak electric record, as well as the record for the month of January, for LG&E.
  • LG&E also set a new all-time natural gas system record of 557 million cubic feet of natural gas usage in a 24-hour period. This exceeded the previous 24-hour record of 538 million cubic feet of natural gas set in 1985.
  • KU experienced a peak electric demand of 5,027 megawatts at 9 p.m., which exceeded the previous all-time system peak electric record of 4,640 megawatts set in 2009.

This is a lot of energy. LG&E is asking ratepayers to try to reduce energy consumption during the cold weather (but these are also tips that can work year-round. The utility suggests turning down the thermostat, putting on a sweater, using a microwave or slow cooker for meals and opening curtains and blinds to let sunlight in during the day. For more tips, click here.

Erica Peterson

Erica Peterson reports on energy and the environment for WFPL.

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