Extreme heat and humidity in July and early August contributed to set
several new electric generation records at the R.M. Schahfer Generating
Station operated by the Northern Indiana Public Service Company in
According to a statement released today, the station generated more than 1
million megawatt hours of electricity in July, only the third time in the
station’s history that a monthly generation exceeded 1 million megawatt
“These past heat waves have tested new boundaries for our fleet of
generating stations and we were focused on providing our customers with a
reliable supply of electricity,” NIPSCO President Mark Maassel said. “We are
proud of all employees for safely meeting customer demand during some of the
hottest days on record.”
Across the nation, NIPSCO said, demand for electricity reached an all-time
record during the heat wave. The Edison Electric Institute is reporting that
U.S. utilities delivered 96,314 gigawatt hours of electricity for the week
ending July 22, surpassing the record of 95,259 gigawatt hours set last year
during the week ending July 23.
The National Climatic Data Center is reporting for its part that this July
was the second hottest July on record across the continental U.S., breaking
more than 2,300 daily temperature records, NIPSCO said.
Schahfer set two other records in July, NIPSCO added. On July 25 the station
generated 37,511 megawatt hours of electricity. To put that figure in
context, NIPSCO said, one megawatt of electricity is enough to power between
800 and 1,000 homes.
Then, on July 26, the station’s coal handling department bunkered more than
21,000 tons of coal.
NIPSCO operates three generating stations: Schahfer, built from 1976 to
1986; Bailly in Chesterton, built from 1962-68; and Michigan City in
Michigan City, built from 1950-74.