june 20, 2017
aps customers set all-time record for electricity use
PHOENIX – With air conditioners humming
across the valley and temperatures reaching record levels, total APS customer
usage set an all-time record peak demand of approximately 7,350 megawatts of
energy consumed between 5 and 6 p.m. Today’s demand easily eclipsed the
11-year-old record of 7,236 MW set in 2006.
Peak demand is the period when APS
customers collectively use the most energy during the day. Typically,
electricity demand increases during weeks when temperatures soar and humidity
The company had forecast a 2017 summer peak load of 7,023 megawatts,
but easily exceeded that number yesterday and today amidst a weeklong spell of
temperatures ranging between 115 and 119 degrees. The amount of energy consumed
by customers also exceeded last year’s peak of 7,051 MW achieved on Sunday,
June 19, when temperatures rose to 118 degrees.
“When temperatures spike, our customers use more power, and it’s
our job to make sure we manage the demand placed on the system,” said Daniel
Froetscher, Senior Vice President of Transmission, Distribution and Customers.
Froetscher added that with the excessive heat baking our state, customers
should take precautionary measures and use good
judgment, including drinking plenty of water, knowing the warning signs
of heat exhaustion and regularly checking on young children, the elderly and
“The best place to be is inside with air conditioning,” he said.
“If you don't have air conditioning at home, many public places such as
libraries, shopping malls and movie theatres, are all air-conditioned. We want
all of our customers to stay safe and healthy, especially during this time of
APS serves about 2.7 million
people in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is the Southwest’s foremost producer
of clean, safe and reliable electricity. Using a balanced energy mix that is
nearly 50 percent carbon-free, APS has one of the country’s cleanest energy
portfolios, including both Palo Verde Generating Station and renewable energy.
The company is also a proven leader in introducing technology and services that
offer customers choice and control over their energy consumption. With
headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle
West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).