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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Tallahassee Set Record Electricity Use

Tallahassee has its own power company - Talquin Electric. Talquin stands for Tallahassee/Quincy - the towns on each side of the power plant.

Supplies Adequate to Meet Increased Demand - The City of Tallahassee's Electric Utility set a record winter peak load of 596 megawatts (mw) this morning between 7 and 8 a.m. The prior record winter peak load was set on January 24, 2003, at 590 mw. City Electric Utility officials attribute this morning's peak load record to the sustained cold temperatures during the week and the return of students to classes in Tallahassee after the holiday break. Weather forecasts indicate continued low temperatures through the weekend.

Most of Tallahassee's power comes from burning natural gas. Three years ago - the city voted on building a power plant 50 miles away that would have burned coal. Coal won the election but town council overruled that vote - go figure. Also last year - another company wanted to set up a power plant in town that would have burned wood waste. the waste would have come into town by train right to the site. Council voted that down. Meanwhile - we are setting records for electric use - go figure.

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