Allentown, PA based PPL Electric set a record for morning peak power consumption today between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Record cold temperatures were the reason. The company released preliminary numbers showing that 7,432 megawatts were delivered. The previous record was set on February 11, 2008 when 7,163 megawatts were delivered for the same time period between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
PPL Electric’s all-time peak record was set for the 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. period on February 5, 2007, when 7,557 megawatts were delivered.
For a point of reference:
A standard household light bulb has a power rating of between 25 and 100 watts.
A kilowatt is equal to 1,000 watts. The average electrical energy consumption in the United States is 8,900 kilowatts a year, per household. Your electric bill reflects your usage in kilowatt hours.
One megawatt of electricity is equal to 1,000,000 watts.
PPL is just one of 11 electricity suppliers in Pennsylvania!