GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - It may not be as steamy as a year ago, but at least one Wisconsin utility is close to an all-time record for electric use.
The Wisconsin Public Service Corporation recorded a peak usage of 2,324 megawatts at 2 p.m. Tuesday, as temperatures soared into the 90’s and more folks cranked up their air conditions.
The peak was 101 megawatts away from the utility’s all-time record of 2,425 megawatts set on this day in 2006.
WPS is based in Green Bay and serves customers in northeast and north central Wisconsin.
Spokesman Kerry Spees said WPS customers should not worry about running out of power. He said the utility made some recent improvements to its infrastructure, and more than enough power will be available.
The current heat wave is due to end on Friday. And by Saturday, some parts of Wisconsin won’t get out of the 60’s.
For now, though, the oven’s still going. It was 84 in Milwaukee at 8 a.m. with a heat index already hitting 90. That was the state’s warm spot.
Forecasters expect heat indices of 105 Wednesday in parts of southern Wisconsin.