Hot enough for ya? Well, this time last year, it was really, really hot. Like, 104 degrees in mid-July hot. And as such, New Yorkers hit a record in power consumption during summer 2011 at 13,189 megawatts on one such 104-degree day. Yesterday, the power consumption high was 11,200 megawatts, according to ConEdison spokesman Michael Clendenin told reporters, and today “we’ll certainly make it into the high 12s.” Given the fact that it’s not even 2:00 PM yet, (yesterday’s high happened around 5:00 PM), it looks like we’ll certainly be in the neighborhood of last year’s record-breaking consumption by the time the sun mercifully sets, around 8:30 tonight.
Nearly 600 ConEd customers couldn’t turn on their air conditioners this morning. Power outages sprinkled throughout the New York area. So everyone: turn off your lights, and close your windows and doors, use a fan when possible, etc. etc. If it gets unbearable (it will) I hear putting your underpants in the freezer helps. (Photo: Liz Kasameyer/Flickr)