Appalachian Power customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee set an unofficial all-time peak demand of 8,410 MW at 8 a.m. January 7. Arctic cold weather across the company’s entire service area helped push electricity consumption past the previous record of 8,308 MW set on January 16, 2009.
The new company peak will be confirmed next month when additional metering information is available to verify the customer consumption.
“We’re facing the coldest temperatures in 20 years, not just in some parts of our service territory, but across all of the three-state area that we serve,” said Charles Patton, Appalachian Power president and COO. “That has pushed the customer demand for electricity past anything we’ve ever seen.”
Appalachian Power has about 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S., which delivers electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns nearly 38,000 MW of generating capacity in the U.S. and a nearly 39,000-mile network.