Thursday’s hot and humid weather resulted in a new all-time electric demand
by the customers of the Northern Indiana Public Service Company.
According to a statement released Friday, NIPSCO recorded a demand of 3,054
megawatts at 4 p.m. Thursday, eclipsing the previous mark of 2,998 megawatts
on Aug. 9, 2001.
“During the record demand for electricity,” NIPSCO said, “NIPSCO’s bulk
transmission system experienced no unusual problems and all base-load
generating facilities were on line and producing power. NIPSCO’s new
all-time electric peak was the second time in a week that the utility’s
system has been tested. On Thursday, Aug. 14, the electric system performed
as designed and without problem during the worst blackout ever in North
America when an estimated 50 million customers lost electric service in the
northeastern portion of the United States and Canada.
“Our employees have worked diligently to insure a continuous supply of
reliable electricity to meet our customers’ needs during this period of high
electrical demand,” said NIPSCO Chief Operating Officer Jerry Godwin.