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C-U Customers Set New Record


With temperatures soaring above 100 degrees in Southwest Missouri, it's not surprising that more people had their air conditioners cranked up. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

With temperatures soaring above 100 degrees in Southwest Missouri, it's not surprising that more people had their air conditioners cranked up.

That's what made this a record-breaking week for electricity demand from City Utilities of Springfield.

C-U customers set news records three days in a row beginning Monday. The new usage record, set on Wednesday stands at 801 megawatts. The temperature reached 101 degrees Wednesday.

Ernie De Camp is spokesman for C-U.

De Camp says C-U is able to meet peak demand with help from natural gas peaking units.

De Camp says C-U is confident in its ability to meet customer demand.

But he says in case demand does exceed capacity, C-U has a back-up plan.

Before this week's hot weather and record demand for electricity, the usage record had stood at 760 megawatts and it was on July 22nd of last year.

De Camp says new records are not set every year.

All this demand for electricity will translate to higher energy bills.

De Camp says customers ultimately decide how much they want to pay to cool their homes.

Even though temperatures were highest on Thursday, reaching 103 degrees, demand was not as high as it was Wednesday when the high temperature was 101.