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Tue July 16, 2013
Plenty Of Power During Hot Weather, Stay Cool
The mid-summer heat and humidity will stay for a couple of days and the American Red Cross says don't over do it.
Among the tips they provide is drink lots of water and avoid caffiene and alcohol, try to move activities to the cooler parts of the day, wear light-colored, loose fitting clothes. If you get too hot, find a public building that has air-conditioning. Always check to see pets are protected from the sun's rays and have plenty of water. Health-threatening heat exhaustion and heat stroke can come on quickly.
Your air conditioner should stay running. Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says they have plenty of juice in the system...
"...we do have plenty of electricity for everybody's needs in this hot humid weather. Our peak was set for electricity use back in July of 2006 and right now we're well below that peak...."
Van Zile says WPS has also started energy-saving programs customers agreed to, including controlling air conditioners. A slower economy also is a factor...
"....due to the economy being down from where it was in '06 we don't have as many manufacturing operations running, second and third shifts running...so that helps to stabilize and to maintain additional power...in the Northwoods..."
The addition of the Weston 4, 525 megawatt power plant in 2008 helped add more electric generating capacity to the grid.