SRP customers set record for energy demand

Utility says grid will continue to meet the challenge of valley’s heat wave

Jun 21st, 2017
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Salt River Project on Monday delivered a record amount of energy to its Phoenix-area retail customers. Between 5 and 6 p.m., SRP delivered an estimated retail peak demand of 6,981 MW. That peak topped the previous SRP system peak of 6,873 MW on June 19, 2016.

The record demand for power from the utility’s more than 1 million homes was a result of an extreme heat wave, which is expected to continue through the week. Because the forecast calls for continuing high temperatures, SRP power experts predict we will likely reach a new peak again Wednesday.

SRP’s robust electrical grid is fortified and maintained year-round to handle the predicted record temperatures. Because of continual investments in new technology as well as a year-round and comprehensive maintenance plan for the generation, transmission and distribution assets, SRP customers can expect optimal grid performance.

SRP’s comprehensive line maintenance and infrastructure improvement programs will help to reduce outages from weather-related damage. The programs include wood-pole testing, infrared thermographic and visual inspection, vegetation or tree-trimming management, underground cable replacement and structure upgrades that include the installation of steel “stopper poles” to limit the extent of cascading wood-pole failures on SRP’s 69-kilovolt (kV) system during storms.

SRP is a community-based, not-for-profit public power utility and the largest provider of electricity in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving more than 1 million customers. SRP also is the metropolitan area’s largest supplier of water, delivering about 800,000 acre-feet annually to municipal, urban and agricultural water users.

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