Energy Demands in NCW Drop From Record Highs


Friday saw a drop in energy demands in North Central Washington following two record straight record setting power use days. Chelan County PUD’s Kimberly Craig reports the peak demand topped out this morning at 452 megawatts.

The Wenatchee World reports Chelan County hit 491 megawatts between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., breaking the day-old former record of 488 megawatts set Wednesday. Before Wednesday, the historic peak was 464, recorded Feb. 6, 2014.

Douglas PUD hit a new record peak of 226 megawatts by 7 a.m. The old record, set the day before, was 222 megawatts. The old record, before this year’s cold snap, was 207 megawatts set Dec. 14, 2016.

Grant PUD needed 764 megawatts of power to cover county demand at 8 a.m. Thursday, way up from the old record, 738 megawatts, set just a day earlier.

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.