WPPI: Sets New Peak as Heat, Growth Drive Power Demand

As of 3:00 p.m. today, WPPI reached a new record in demand for power, hitting a peak of 965 megawatts. Each megawatt represents the capacity to light and power about 500 residences.

WPPI is a regional power company serving 43 municipalities that operate electric utilities in Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan. These community-owned utilities purchase all of their electric requirements from WPPI and supply power to more than 160,000 customers.

Although July is a month in which demand typically is high, WPPI does not expect any bulk electric system reliability problems to develop this month. WPPI has the power supply resources and the required reserve margins in place to meet the projected demands of all of its 43 member communities.

The increase for 2006 is due in large part to growth in WPPI’s membership: the communities of Independence, Iowa, Negaunee, Mich. and Norway, Mich. joined WPPI earlier this year.