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New winter peak electric load set

The extreme Artic cold front last week brought a new all-time winter peak load for AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) on Tuesday, January 7, as its customers used 4,892 megawatts of electricity at 8:00 a.m.,

when the average daily temperature across SWEPCO’s three-state service area was 26 degrees. The previous SWEPCO record winter peak load had been 4,823 megawatts on Feb. 2, 2011. One megawatt is a million watts.

 For more information, see the Jan. 16 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.