MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP/WCSC) - South Carolina's state-owned electric utility says it's set a peak usage record during the blast of cold weather that's chilled the Southeast.
Santee Cooper said it set a peak record of 5,743 megawatts between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
That tops the previous record, set in January of this year, by more than 1,000 megawatts. Santee Cooper says that timeframe is typically a busy usage time, and the cold temperatures meant even more of a draw on the system.
South Carolina has seen temperatures dipping into the teens and low 20s during a recent blast of winter weather boosted by a Canadian high pressure system.
SCE&G is not at peak demand. Officials say they usually have peak in the summer with higher air conditioner usage. Many of their customers use natural gas during the winter.