In the face of sizzling temperatures this week, the City of Angels saw its demand for electricity shoot up toward the heavens.
First, on Tuesday, near-100 degree temperatures meant a big spike in air-conditioning that catapulted LA’s total power draw to 6,196 megawatts — surpassing a previous all-time record of 6,177 megawatts set in September 2010. This level is around double the amount of electric demand experienced during a typical day in LA.
Wednesday took things a step further: in the midst of triple digit temperatures in downtown LA (high of 104°F), the LA Department of Water and Power reported peak power levels of 6,396 megawatts.
All -time energy demand record set yesterday was shattered today. Peak demand today=6,396 MW. Yesterday was 6196MW. pic.twitter.com/fZWqETk2LQ
— LADWP (@LADWP) September 16, 2014