Grand Island- Nebraskans are trying to beat the heat this summer and record energy usage shows just how much they're feeling the heat.
The city of Grand Island Utilities Department announces record electric and water usages during the recent hot weather conditions.
On Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. the Utilities Department reported a new record peak hour electric load of 169.2 megawatts. The prior peak load was 167.9 megawatts on August 1, 2011. Daily energy consumption is also at record levels with about a six percent increase in consumption usage in comparison to the same period last year.
The daily peak water usage for Wednesday was over 25 million gallons, not far below the record daily usage of 27 million gallons set on July 19, 2002.
Water usage is over 60 percent higher this year compared to last year for the same time period.