Georgia Power marked a new record January 7 for winter peak demand. Between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. EST, estimated preliminary peak demand for electricity averaged about 16,859 MW, exceeding the company's previous December 14, 2010 winter peak demand record of 15,806 MW by more than 1,000 MW.
The peak corresponded directly with the lowest temperatures of the week, with morning temperatures in many parts of the state in the single digits.
In order to ensure adequate power supply for all customers during the extended period of record-breaking low temperatures, the company brought additional generation online prior to the arrival of the frigid weather.
The company also worked around the clock to carefully monitor power loads on circuits and had crews and engineering teams on call to respond to any potential issues or service interruptions.