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September 27, 2010

Region's electricity use sets summertime record

PJM InterconnectionWe know it was hot - a record summer for Baltimore and Washington. And, we know our electric bills were high as we cranked the AC all summer trying to stay cool. Now, the PJM Interconnection - the power grid managers for 13 eastern states and DC - say the region set a record for electrical demand during the summer just ended.

Consumers used almost 203.7 million megawatt-hours of power during June, July and August. That, they say, is enough electricity to run the entire country of Mexico for a year.

The total was 12 percent higher  than the summer of 2009, which was unusually cool. And it blasted through the previous summertime record, 203.4 million megawatt-hours, set in 2005.

The demand was 37 percent higher than the average demand, and 47 percent higher than last summer, the PJM folks said.

The PJM region extends from Illinois to New Jersey, and as far south and North Carolina.

(AP PHOTO: George Widman)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 11:18 AM | | Comments (14)
Categories: Heat waves


And thanks to O'Malley, my BGE bills are through the roof

FR: And my Sept. bill came in at $87. Go figure...

I'd be curious to know how many new homes became occupied and how much the population increased in this region during the same time. If more and more people are moving to Maryland, it makes sense that electricity use would increase annually, especially in light of a particularly hot summer.

203.7 megawatt-hours???

Thats not that much. According the press release below, PJM supplied 71,761,819 MWh in June alone.

FR: Oops. Dropped a word. Those should read "... million megawatt hours." I've fixed it.

My electric/gas bill for:

I saved $50.00 each month due to O'Malley and the new BGE Energy Saver Plan…

You think BGE would have done this if O’Malley wasn’t on their case all the time??

I doubt it!

Thanks, O'Malley for helping the little guys in Maryland….

I sure hope we start seriously producing alternative energy sources soon. You know this can't end well.

I agree Philip.

Andy- you should probably look at yourself in the mirror before blaming others. you pay for what you use. use less, pay less. its a marvelous concept. furthermore, if so concerned with pricing, shop your power. i'm guessing you dont do that either. its easier to blame o'malley. let me guess- you like Christine O'Donnell, dont you?

meh. I blame Al Gore for all the global warming we've had this past summer. Of course, to be fair, I can thank him that I can post this on the internet as well since if he hadn't invented it, I couldn't post it...

But I do blame O'Malley for the extra cent of sales taxes we pay every time we go to the store...

Like someone said, I'm pretty sure there's been an influx of people moving to the area in the last 5 years so I'm not surprised we're using more electricity. Well, an influx of people except for millionaires who I understand are leaving in droves due to higher taxes.

Jacko Lantern:

So true.

People have to start thinking “outside” the box if they want to save on their BGE bills.

During the summer, I have my (FREE) BGE provided thermometer set at 85 degrees when I’m not home, and 82 degrees when I am home. In the winter it is set at 60 degrees 24/7.

I have put all my major appliances on power strips:

When I am not using my computer, I CUT the power to my Desktop PC, Monitor, printer, modem, and router. No blinking lights drawing unnecessary juice.

In my living room, my TV, cable box, amplifier, CD player, DVD player, turntable, and VHS unit are also connected to a power strip: When I’m not using any of them, they “go to sleep” by me cutting the power to them.

All my lights have been replaced with energy saver bulbs.

When I leave one room, I turn off the lights as I leave to go into another.
I don’t leave the TV or radio on just to have some “noise” in the house.
(Many of my friends leave their TV on for many hours a day when they are NOT home! What’s with that foolishness?)

When I leave my home, the only thing pulling power is my AC touch pad, my refrigerator, and my alarm clock in my bedroom. Nothing else.

These things have nothing to do with being a Democrat or Republican so blaming O’Malley is crazy.

I bet if O’Malley were able to get us FREE BGE service some people would find another reason to dislike the man.

Looking in the mirror is correct….

This is how I plan on trying to reduce my bill. Shop around and compare. Viridian is less expensive over 12 mos and at least putting some effort into greening the grid.

FR: BGE's Energy Choice "rates to compare" are here: You can compare other electricity suppliers' prices here: Gas prices to compare are here:

Were the 203.7 Million MWh's consumed all from PJM or from other regions like NYISO or NEPOOL? I didn't think PJM covered 13 states.

Any chance you could list the 13 states? That is just crazy that we used that much power!

FR: It was all PJM. From the PJM website: "PJM Interconnection is a regional transmission organization (RTO) that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia."

a few days ago was also very hot in New York

One of the hottest summers on record and only 12% higher than one of the coolest summers? Folks, don't lets PJM or BGE fool you - they are SWIMMING in excess generation. And PJM wants to build new transmission that will cost BILLIONS and YOU will foot the bill!!!!! There is absolutely NO reason to build the transmission. The load side of this equation has fallen dramatically. Here's an easy example of how: you probably have switched to florescent bulbs in your house - now multiple that by MILLIONS of people in the PJM footprint and you get a big reduction on usage. And that is a simple example - business (which are the prime drivers of electricity) are saving much more by installing smarter devices and managing their load. I've been in this market for 20 yrs and, like the Bush years, PJM, BGE and the other utilities continue use fear by saying "there will be blackouts unless we build new transmission" drum. Follow the money trail - its not about reliability its about BGE and others making more money. If we allow them to spend billions on transmission, expect to see hundreds of surcharge $$$ on your monthly bill - probably labeled as "smart grid" or federal transmission charge. Wake up - you are being fleeced and have no idea its happening - but you will in a few years when you see your bill!!!

Good news! - BGE's price for residential electricity supply will go down from about 11.9 cents to about 10 cents per kWh when BGE's winter rates begin Oct. 1.

Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES), a leading retail energy supplier with more than 300,000 customers, is now enrolling BGE residential customers for electricity supply at 8.9 cents per kWh.

To see the offer, go to . You will need WGES's promotional code to get the low 8.9 cents pricing. Here it is. Where it asks "New to WGES? Enter your promo code here" enter: EAHOME-EA1016 .

If you choose WGES to supply electricity to BGE for you, BGE will continue to deliver your electricity, respond to emergencies, read the meter, and do the billing as always. None of that changes. There is no service interruption. Nothing is connected or disconnected.

If you are on BGE's budget billing plan, you can continue paying that way. If you move, you can terminate your WGES supply agreement without penalty.

Please read WGES' terms and conditions before making your decision.

If we are on BGE's budget billing plan, we can continue paying that way.

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