Dominion Virginia Power sets record peak demand for electricity

Richmond, Va., July 25, 2011 Dominion Virginia Power set a new all-time record peak demand for electricity from its 2.4 million customers Friday afternoon, July 22, as a summer heat wave continues.

"While Dominion Virginia Power has adequate supplies of electricity and transmission capacity to meet anticipated customer demand, we encourage customers to use electricity prudently and to take measures that allow them to save money while remaining safe and comfortable," said Scot Hathaway, vice president-electric transmission.

Dominion Virginia Power, a subsidiary of Dominion supplied 20,061 MW of electricity between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday July 22. The previous summer peak record of 19,688 MW was set on Aug. 8, 2007. One megawatt supplies enough electricity for about 250 homes.

The company is urging all residents – especially the elderly and young children – to take precautions when going out in the heat and to limit their outdoor activities. Customers with special needs – particularly elderly and ill persons without air conditioning who are most vulnerable to the effects of extreme temperatures and high humidity – should be checked on frequently.

Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of about 28,200 MW of generation, 11,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,300 miles of electric transmission lines.

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