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Heat wave pushes power use to a record
The Long Island Power Authority said Tuesday’s electricity use hit a record amid a blistering heat wave that saw temperatures above 100 degrees.
LIPA spokeswoman Vanessa Baird-Streeter said use reached 5,824 megawatts -- surpassing the previous high of 5,792 megawatts recorded Aug. 3, 2006. The authority estimates use for the rest of the week will continue at high levels, and the utililty appealed to the public to conserve when possible.