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Oklahoma's electricity demand peaks amid continued heat

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma had record electricity demand Wednesday as triple-digit temperatures continue in the state.
BY JAY F. MARKS Business Writer Modified: July 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm •  Published: July 28, 2011

Oklahoma's two largest utility companies experienced record electricity demand on Wednesday amid the ongoing heat wave plaguing the state, the companies said Thursday.

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. “shattered” its demand record less than a week after reaching its previous peak, spokesman Brian Alford said.

Demand on Wednesday reached 6,834 megawatts, nearly 200 megawatts more than the previous record set July 18.

Tulsa-based Public Service Co. of Oklahoma saw demand peak Wednesday at 4,277 megawatts, according to preliminary data. Public Service Co.'s previous record was 4,200 megawatts on Aug. 4, 2010.