According to a report released by the power company Consolidated Edison on Monday, July—one of the hottest months on record in New York City—set the record for highest energy use. The company said they delivered 6.9 million megawatt hours in July, which broke the previous record of 6.7 million megawatt hours set in July 2008. No single-day records were broken, however, which the company attributed to their pleas asking New Yorkers to conserve energy usage during peak hours. July was the second-warmest month ever recorded, with an average temperature of 81.3 degrees Farenheiht, which nearly surpassed the previous record of July 1999.
“We had every reason to expect that we would eclipse the single-day peak record on those 100-degree days, and while we were prepared to deliver the juice, our customers responded splendidly to our conservation appeals and significantly reduced the total consumption,” said John Miksad, Consolidated Edison’s senior vice president of electric operations.