The hot weather continues in Eastern Carolina, which means residents are turning up the air conditioner and putting the heat on local power companies.
Usually after the Fourth of July until August, Greenville Utilities sees a higher demand for electricity, creating peak usage on their system. The electric director, Roger Jones, says they monitor the amount of megawatts of electricity to their customers on a real-time basis. If the demand increases beyond their capacity, it could overpower the system. Blackouts commonly occur in those situations, but he says are very unlikely in Eastern Carolina.
Jones says last summer demand for electricity reached an all time high, but they were able to keep the power on, despite the peak.