A record for power use in the Midlands

January 8, 2014 

Cold temperatures earlier this week may be in our rearview mirror, but they left their mark.

Despite rolling blackouts early Tuesday, SCE&G customers ended up setting a new record for power usage in a single day. The usage of 101,118 megawatt hours on Tuesday surpassed the previous record of 98,785 megawatt hours set Aug. 10, 2007.

The temperature in Columbia stayed below freezing all day Tuesday. In fact, Columbia registered 40 consecutive hours at 32 or below, from late Monday through early Wednesday, with lows of 13 Tuesday morning and 15 Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. The 40 consecutive hours at 32 or below was the longest such period since 51 hours ending Jan. 26, 2004. The modern record, since hourly temperatures have been kept, is 100 hours ending Jan. 14, 1982.

Joey Holleman

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