Jun 20, 2017

The Latest: Phoenix heat wave generates record energy demand

Phoenix, AZ
USA
by
Washington Post via Associated Press
An American Eagle jet is seen through heat ripples as it lands at Sky Harbor International Airport, Monday, June 19, 2017 ,in Phoenix. American Airlines cancelled dozens flights out of Phoenix today due to extreme heat. The cancellations are for operations by smaller regional jets that have lower maximum operating temperatures than full size jets. The smaller jets can’t operate when it’s 118 degrees or higher. Photo: Matt York, Associated Press
An American Eagle jet is seen through heat ripples as it lands at Sky Harbor International Airport, Monday, June 19, 2017 ,in Phoenix. American Airlines cancelled dozens flights out of Phoenix today due to extreme heat. The cancellations are for operations by smaller regional jets that have lower maximum operating temperatures than full size jets. The smaller jets can’t operate when it’s 118 degrees or higher. Photo: Matt York, Associated Press

Phoenix-area residents are setting a record demand for energy as scorching temperatures roll though the valley during the week’s punishing heat wave.

Salt River Project spokeswoman Kathleen Mascarenas says the company delivered a record amount of energy to customers Monday.

The company has reported there was a peak demand of 6,981 megawatts between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. that evening, stating it was a result of the extreme heat wave.

Mascarenas says though the heat creates a strain on the system, SRP prepares for these situations year-round.

SRP predicts it will likely reach a new peak demand Tuesday as temperatures continue to rise and forecasts expect a high of 120 degrees in Phoenix.