July 5, 2002 – PJM Interconnection, the electric grid operator for seven states and the District of Columbia, on Wednesday reported that customers’ demand for electricity set a new record.
While in the midst of the season’s second heat wave, PJM on Wednesday served a demand for electricity of about 62,500 megawatts, exceeding Tuesday’s record of more than 62,000 megawatts.
Prior to yesterday’s all-time peak, the last record was set on August 9, 2001.
Although extreme weather is expected to continue, the grid operator said it expected demand to be lower during Independence Day holiday weekend because many businesses will be closed.
PJM’s region includes all or parts of PA, NJ, DE, MD, OH, VA, WV and the District of Columbia. The company operates the world’s largest competitive wholesale electricity market and North America’s largest power grid.
With the April 1, 2002, addition of PJM West, for the first time nationally two separate control areas now operate under a single energy market and a single governance structure across multiple North American Electric Reliability Councils.