Record power usage on the East End may be sign of pending shortage

(08/16/05) WATER MILL - LIPA officials say South Fork residents could find themselves in the midst of a power crisis by next summer.

LIPA Chairman Richard Kessel says the South Fork hit a record-high power usage of 217 megawatts this past Saturday. According to Kessel, the capacity for that area of Long Island is 220 megawatts. The chairman says something needs to be done to accommodate the increased power usage coming from the South Fork.

Some possible solutions that may be implemented to ease the power drain include the creation of more power lines or the construction of a new power generator. However, a spokesperson for Renewable Energy LI says East End resident must cut back on power usage by conserving energy. LIPA officials say they plan on studying the problem further.

 

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