That peak topped the previous SRP high this summer of 6,437 megawatts on Tuesday and the all-time record of 6,590 megawatts on July 21, 2006.
Strong customer demand is the result of several factors, including an increase in the number of SRP electric customers, extreme daytime temperatures, higher overnight temperatures and relatively high humidity. The high temperature recorded in Phoenix on Wednesday was 116 degrees, while the overnight low was 93 degrees.
Because the forecast calls for continuing high temperatures and increasing humidity, SRP power experts predict that records for high energy demand could continue this week.
The recently completed units at the Coolidge Generating Station as well as SRP’s wind and solar renewable-energy facilities helped meet the record customer demand and SRP’s local generating units are all available to help ensure that SRP has enough energy to meet the needs of its customers this summer.
SRP is the largest provider of electricity in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving nearly 950,000 customers.