Palmetto Electric Cooperative said it reached
a new peak demand on Tuesday morning.
The new record demand hit 467 megawatts
between 9 and 10 a.m. Tuesday.
"This all-time record peak exceeds by 10
percent the previous peak of 420 megawatts set on December 14, 2010," said G.
Thomas Upshaw, Palmetto Electric Cooperative president and CEO, in a statement.
The weather also resulted in several outages.
See the latest outage data at www.palmetto.coop
under the outage/storm center tab.
have had one major outage reported in the Folly Field area as well as a number
of scattered outages. Altogether
approximately 1,300 consumers lost service. Our system has responded very well under the circumstances," said Upshaw
in a statement.
Palmetto Electric recommends a thermostat setting
of 68 degrees. For every degree above
this setting consumers will add approximately 4-8 percent to their heating
The company issued these energy saving tips:
thermostat at 55 degrees if the home is vacant for a week or longer.
around all doors and window. Replace and remove loose or cracked caulking.
heat lose by using weather stripping. Seal doors and windows to prevent
drafts. Install sweeps on the bottom of
doors to keep out cold air. Don't forget to use weather stripping on attic
a qualified technician to tune up and clean the central heating systems.
air filters clean and change them regularly.
your chimney checked by a qualified chimney sweep and check your fireplace
damper to be sure it opens and closes properly.