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OG&E issues electricity advisory in light of high temperatures

With temperatures in Oklahoma soaring into triple figures and power usage records being set, Oklahoma Gas and Electric has issued an electricity advisory for this week.
By The Associated Press Modified: August 9, 2010 at 5:26 pm •  Published: August 9, 2010

With temperatures in Oklahoma soaring into triple figures and power usage records being set, Oklahoma Gas and Electric has issued an electricity advisory for this week.

OG&E's system carried more than 6,500 megawatts of electricity at the peak of demand on Aug. 2 and set a record two days later by carrying more than 6,600 megawatts at the peak. The previous record of 6,473 megawatts was set Aug. 10, 2006.

OG&E spokesman Brian Alford says customers are encouraged to use less electricity, particularly between high-demand periods between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. daily.

OG&E suggests raising air conditioner thermostats, keeping blinds and drapes closed, not using ovens, clothes dryers or dishwashers and turning off or unplugging any unnecessary electric equipment.