Beatrice Electric superintendent Pat Feist says electricity demand is heavy, as residents deal with the temperatures near 100 and humidity at near 50% in the mid-afternoon hours.
Feist says during a typical summer day, when temperatures are in the upper 80s to low 90s, electric demand in the city is usually between 32 and 34 megawatts. Wednesday afternoon, they reached 38 megawatts, which isn’t far from the all-time record of 39.
There are roughly 4,800 load control units on local water heaters and air conditioners. Under the automated system during very hot stretches, those appliances can be remotely turned off in seven-minute intervals, each half-hour.
Feist says aside from load control management, customers can do their part by avoiding heavy use of appliances, especially between the hours of 3 and 8 PM. He says if you can curtail use during that period, it does help.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice