For Immediate Release
July 22, 2011
Contact: Ed Rice, Executive Director, Traverse City Light & Power
Office Phone: (231) 932-4559 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
L&P Experienced Peak Load to Date For 2011
(Traverse City, Michigan) — Due to increased temperatures this past week Traverse City Light & Power (L&P) experienced its 2011 peak load at 70.9 megawatts on Thursday, July 21. L&P’s all-time peak load of 72.2 megawatts was experienced during the summer heat wave of 2006. L&P reaches its peak load in the summer because of increased commercial and residential electricity use mainly caused by air conditioning.
L&P did not experience any outages or distribution problems due to the peak load because the utility currently provides transmission, substation and distribution system planning and reinforcements to prepare for anticipated loads.
L&P customers can reduce their own energy consumption and save money in the summer by following some simple conservation tips: increasing air conditioner settings, use ceiling fans instead of air conditioners, use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) instead of incandescent light bulbs because they give off much less heat, and using the washer and dryer at night instead of during the daytime. Following these measures, along with using window shades to keep out direct sunlight, will also help lower the peak electricity demand.
L&P customers can also save energy and money by taking advantage of the Energy Smart Program and receive cash back incentives when they purchase an ENERGY STAR® room air conditioner or dehumidifier. See the Energy Smart Program website (www.tclp.org/energy-smart) for details and a full list of incentives.
Traverse City Light & Power (www.tclp.org) is a community-owned, community focused municipal utility that offers reliable energy at competitive rates in the region to over 11,000 customers in Traverse City, and parts of Blair, East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield, Peninsula and Paradise townships.