ORLANDO – The temperatures are not the only thing that have been rising in the past week, as those numbers hit the mid-to-upper 90s, and even clocked in at 100 degrees on Friday.
The soaring heat index also means more people cranking up their air conditioners — and electric usage is soaring as well. Utility providers in both Orlando and Kissimmee reported record usage by Friday afternoon.
The Orlando Utilities Commission recorded sky-high demand, noted spokesman Tim Trudell.
“With another day of very hot temperatures, OUC electric demand is forecasted to reach near record levels,” Trudell noted by email on Friday.
It was the first time in 10 months that electric usage has been this high, he said. Read more »