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Searing temps spark record energy use

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Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2005 6:12 am | Updated: 9:23 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Energy use hit an all-time high Tuesday for both SRP and APS as temperatures soared to a record 115 degrees for the date.

Salt River Project customers used 5,756 megawatts, up from the record of 5,671 on June 21, and last year’s peak demand of 5,665 megawatts on Aug. 11. Arizona Public Service customers used a whopping 6,770 megawatts, up from the record 6,700 set the day before.

More customers and record-breaking temperatures triggered the surge, and record energy demands are predicted to continue through the week, officials from both companies said. Wednesday’s high temperature of 114 in the Valley tied a record set back in 2003. Two other Arizona communities — Lake Havasu City and Parker — hit 120 degrees.

National Weather Service meteorologist David Runyan says temperatures aren’t going to get any better with the monsoon delayed until the last weeks of this month. Runyan also warned that drivers should be aware of dust storms, which will soon be popping up during the evening commute time.

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