GUC: Power Failure Not Due To System Overload

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

About 25,000 electric customers in the east were without power Tuesday when a piece of equipment used to protect the system from lightning strikes failed. Crews are investigating why, but they say the failure is not a result of higher demand for electricity during this heat.

Once again Wednesday, extreme heat means people are running air conditioners more. We checked in with Greenville Utilities to see when energy demand gets to be too much.

During the dead heat of the day, Greenville resident,James Cooper stays indoors working on his crossword puzzle, in his air conditioned home.

"We keep the air conditioning at about 78," said Cooper.

78 may not seem cool, but for cooper it's the norm even on sweltering hot days like Wednesday.

"It's best to leave it where it is to keep the cost down. and like I said, I'm not going to be in and out anyway," said Cooper.

Although others decide to crank up the air when it feels more than a hundred degrees outside.

"We've certainly have seen our loads start to climb," said Roger Jones, the electric systems director at Greenville Utlities Commission

"Historically it could either be July or August for the summer peak, our records are usually set in August, so it's a weather pattern type thing."

Wednesday the load on the system had already surpassed Tuesday's numbers by 11:00 a.m.

"Load wise we're able to handle the types of load that we're seeing," said Jones.

Jones says in the past decade they have not experienced any brown out conditions because of demand. He says GUC is ready to keep the power on when people need it the most.
Jones says they reduce the load on the system when demand increases throughout the day. He says it's so they can save money on electricity production, not to prevent a system overload.


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