Dominion Virginia Power customers set utility record for electricity usage

The previous winter peak of 19,870 MW was set on Jan. 8, 2015

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As a result of record-breaking low temperatures, Dominion Virginia Power's 2.5 million customers on Friday established an all-time record for electricity usage.

Dominion supplied a peak of 21,651 MW of electricity at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20. That is an increase of more than 1,500 MW over the previous peak, which was a summer mark of 20,061 MW set on July 22, 2011. One MW supplies enough electricity at peak for about 250 homes.

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The previous winter peak of 19,870 MW was set on Jan. 8, 2015.

For the 24-hour period on Friday, customers also used a record amount of electricity. During that span, the company delivered 450,432 MWh of electricity. The previous mark of 431,923 MWh was set on Feb.16, 2014.

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