Add American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) utility Southwestern Electric Power Co (SWEPCO) to the list of companies that broke winter demand records during the recently-concluded “polar vortex.”
SWEPCO said Jan. 13 that the bitter cold front the prior week broke the existing winter peak record from February 2011. Another AEP utility subsidiary, Appalachian Power (APCO), had said earlier that it had set a new winter mark that same week.
SWEPCO said its customers used 4,892 MW of electricity at 8 a.m. on Jan. 7 when the average daily temperature across SWEPCO’s three-state service area was 26 degrees F. The previous SWEPCO record winter peak load had been 4,823 MW on Feb. 2, 2011.
The new record demand is 16.1% over the company’s projected customer load for this winter. SWEPCO serves over 524,000 customers in western Arkansas, northwest and central Louisiana, and north and east Texas within a 33,000 square-mile service area.
Arctic air last week resulted in new winter records, or near records, in much of the nation.