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ISO New England predicts high power demand with cold snap

HOLYOKE, Mass., Jan. 15, 2004 — ISO New England Inc., operator of the region’s bulk electric power grid, is predicting regional electricity demand to reach 22,525 MW Thursday night.

The operator asked electric customers across New England to take voluntary steps to conserve electricity for a few days.

Regional electricity demand was expected to set a new winter-peak due to extremely cold temperatures. The weather conditions have created high demand for natural gas which has impacted a large number of gas-fired power plants operating in the region.

New England’s all-time record for electricity usage is 25,348 MW, which was set on August 14, 2002. Last winter, the region set a winter peak demand of 21,535 MW on January 22, 2003.

ISO New England Inc. is the not-for-profit corporation responsible for the day-to-day reliable operation of New England’s bulk generation and transmission systems with an installed capacity of approximately 32,000 megawatts. In addition to operating the bulk power grid, ISO New England is the administrator of the region’s wholesale electricity marketplace and the Open Access Transmission Tariff on behalf of the New England Power Pool.