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No Record Seen in New England Power Use



    HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) - Despite the heat wave, New England's power
    grid is not expected to break its record electricity use of four
    years ago.

    Ellen Foley, spokeswoman for ISO-New England, the region's grid
    operator, said Tuesday that consumer demand is expected to reach a
    peak of 27,000 megawatts. The record is 28,130 megawatts used on
    Aug. 2, 2006.

    She says the long holiday weekend when offices and some
    businesses were closed, the weak economy that has pushed down
    energy demand and improved energy efficiency should ensure that
    electricity use won't be a record-breaker.

    If necessary, Foley says ISO can bring in electricity from
    outside the region, call on large customers to cut electricity use
    and ask all consumers to turn down or shut off appliances.

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