BOISE -- As temperatures soared to 108 degrees in Boise Thursday the demand for electricity reached a new milestone, according to Idaho Power.
It marked the sixth straight day that temperatures in Boise reached the 100-degree mark, and that pushed demand at 4 p.m. to a record 3,245 megawatt (MW) overall peak-hour average system load.
Officials say the record was spurred by irrigators who took to the field and a lot of air conditioners that were turned on. The usage tops the previous record of 3,214 MW from June 2008.
Idaho Power experiences its highest demand during the summer months, when air conditioners and irrigation pumps add to everyday electrical usage. An increase of more than 9,000 business and residential customers over the past year has also added to that demand.