By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
January 08, 2014
The icy chill that shattered low temperature records and sent RealFeel® temperatures plunging this week caused an uptick in power usage.
Frigid, record-breaking temperatures have been shooting across the United States this week. Tuesday, Jan. 7, set record lows for the date for many cities across the country, including a new low of 6 F for Atlanta, 3 F for Baltimore and 4 F for Philadelphia.
The frigid air was especially shocking for southern locations that do not typically record many single-digit temperatures. As a result, many power companies are reporting a sharp spike in usage as people with electric heat crank up their thermostats.
The Chicago skyline is seen behind a large chunk of ice near North Avenue Beach on Jan. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas released a statement on Tuesday declaring that the company had broken winter usage records with 57,277 megawatts. For a time, they had issued a conservation request to their customers to help prevent blackouts or other overuse complications.