South Dakota's NorthWestern Energy smashes energy demand record - twice

Source: NorthWestern Energy

Two weeks ago NorthWestern Energy (NYSE:NWE) surpassed a four-year-old record of electricity demand by customers located in the South Dakota region of the utility-- and then again, the record has fallen. 

Heat indexes again pushed into triple digits, and in turn electric loads grew to an all-time high for South Dakota. Demand pushed the system to a new peak of an estimated 341 megawatts (MW). Two weeks ago the record was set at 338 MW, which had smashed the previous record set in 2007 at 315 MW.

"I would venture to say that nobody at NorthWestern thought we were going to break the July 18 record so soon, but it shows you the amount of energy your cooling system requires to keep up with temperatures in the 100s and a heavy blanket of humidity," said Dennis Wagner - Director of South Dakota Energy Supply, Production & Generation. "Tuesday's cloud cover and reduced temperatures will be a welcomed relief for air conditioners all over Eastern South Dakota." 

NorthWestern Energy provides electricity and natural gas in the Upper Midwest and Northwest, serving approximately 665,000 customers in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.

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