Friday’s severe weather in the New Castle County area caused outages for about 14,000 customers. We have assessed heavy tree damage and flooding. Crews are back working around the clock to restore service for our customers. View the damage we're assessing here: https://youtu.be/4MBuu50y92I
For Immediate Release
Newark , DE -After reaching a new high yesterday, Delmarva Power set an unofficial new peak demand for electricity use again today as customers relied on air conditioning to cope with the soaring heat and humidity.
The previous unofficial peak of 4,228 megawatts set just Wednesday, fell at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, August 3. The new, unofficial peak total is 4,243 megawatts. One megawatt of electricity is enough to power about 800 to 1,000 homes. On a typical summer day, Delmarva Power customers use 3,500 megawatts. The new peak won't be officially determined until later in the week, when officials reconcile the initial estimate with actual usage.
With heat indexes over the 100 degree mark, air conditioners pushed up power demand by continuously running to keep residences and businesses comfortable. While power supply is adequate, Delmarva Power is continuing to ask customers to use energy wisely, especially during peak usage hours between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Delmarva Power offers the following conservation tips:
Additional conservation tips are available at www.delmarva.com
Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric and natural gas delivery services to more than 500,000 customers in Delaware, Maryland , and Virginia .