Floridians Using Record-High Level of Electricity This Summer
13 municipal utilities served by wholesale power agency hit all-time, summer usage
ORLANDO, Fla., June 26, 2019 – Several electric utilities in Florida are reporting record-high levels of electricity sales so far this summer, including the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), whose 13 Florida cities hit an all-time summer record yesterday.
The cities that purchase wholesale power from FMPA are located statewide, including Bushnell, Clewiston, Fort Meade, Fort Pierce, Green Cove Springs, Havana, Jacksonville Beach, Key West, Kissimmee, Leesburg, Newberry, Ocala and Starke.
The statistics show:
- Record Peak Demand: The 13 cities set a record-high electric demand on June 25 at 5 p.m. of 1,295 megawatts, nearly 1% higher than the previous record of 1,283 megawatts set in Summer 2005 for the same 13 cities.
- Growing Electric Sales: FMPA’s cumulative electricity sales to the 13 cities are on pace to grow 3% this year compared to the year ago period. At this pace, electricity sales for the year could reach the highest annual total for the 13 cities.
- Sufficient Power Generation: FMPA reports that its electric generating units are operating well, so it has sufficient power generating capability to meet the record electricity usage.
Florida is seeing population growth of approximately 1.2%, and some FMPA cities are growing faster than the state average. Even as people install more energy efficient appliances and lighting, electric sales are growing due to the number of new accounts, in addition to being influenced by the weather.
Electricity Conservation Suggestions
Recognizing the high electric usage, customers may want to consider energy-saving measures:
- Set the thermostat on the highest comfortable setting (78-80 degrees suggested). Raising the temperature will reduce cooling costs.
- Change or clean air conditioner filters monthly. Dirty filters can increase operating costs.
- Use ceiling and portable fans to keep air moving.
- Close blinds, drapes and shades during the hottest part of the day to minimize the sun’s rays from heating the residence.