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Energy Use Spikes, Breaks Fall Record

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One day of fall heat was bearable, but two days of heat and citizens just don't care anymore. Damnit, they're turning on the AC. From the DWP at 5:18 p.m. today: "Customers' energy use hit a new record today of 5,709 megawatts, shattering the previous record of 5,123 megawatts set Oct. 2, 1991. On Tuesday, energy use reached a peak demand of 5,533 megawatts, marking a record demand for fall and the fifth highest September load on record. The highest load recorded for the month of September is 5,938 megawatts set on Sept. 4, 2007 during last year's Labor Day 'heat storm.' The highest load recorded so far this year is 6,053 megawatts, reached on June 20, 2008."