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ISO New England Extends Request to Voluntarily Conserve Energy

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — The operator of New England’s power grid is extending a request for customers to conserve energy as the hot temperatures continues.

The request to voluntarily conserve by ISO New England now extends to the end of the week.

In a statement, the agency says, “This request continues to be a precautionary measure to help keep supply and demand in balance as consumer demand is forecasted to increase.”

Electric customers are being asked to try and conserve between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., hours when usage is typically high.

ISO New England adds preliminary data indicates that electricity usage on Wednesday measured as the tenth highest demand day on record in New England, with 26,655 megawatts used.

ISO New England offers these tips as ways to try and conserve energy, while staying safe and cool:

  • Raise air conditioning thermostats by a few degrees if health permits. A suggested temperature range is between 74°F–78°F
  • Turn off unneeded lights and appliances
  • Turn off unnecessary office equipment
  • Shut off air conditioners when leaving home for extended periods of time
  • Defer laundry and other chores requiring electricity until the early morning or late evening hours
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