After six days of scorching heat, New York City’s electric utility, Con Edison, issued a press release yesterday asking customers to cut back on their power consumption to avoid possible brownouts.
Yesterday’s power consumption levels set a New York record, reaching a peak of 13,214 megawatts. The previous all-time peak record was 13,189 megawatts, set on July 22, 2011.
Given that the likelihood of reducing rather than increasing electrical consumption in the future is virtually zero, the sound you hear is of an inevitable turn to nuclear power. Fukushima and Chernobyl? Risks worth taking, apparently.