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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Rell Calls for Energy Conservation

Gov. M. Jodi Rell today urged Connecticut residents to reduce energy consumption, especially in a large area of southwestern Connecticut, as power demands have risen due to extraordinarily high temperatures and humidity levels.

“With temperatures in the mid- to upper-90s and humidity in the low 70s, the demand for power is reaching all-time highs particularly in southwestern Connecticut,” Rell said in a statement.

“That area of the state � from Waterbury to New Haven to Greenwich � has been put under a power watch by the region’s power grid operator, ISO-New England, and by Connecticut Light & Power.

“I am asking everyone to immediately begin conserving power � please turn off unnecessary lights and appliances and anything else you can to help, especially if you live in the region of the state where the power watch is in effect,” the governor said.

“We are expecting relief later this evening in the form of a cold front that is expected to bring some thunderstorms and cool things off a little, but that front is not likely to arrive until after the power demand peaks in the mid- to late afternoon.”

As the governor called on residential customers to conserve, CL&P asked business customers to also reduce their power usage. The conservation measures are voluntary, but if heeded will do a great deal to ensure continued service during the unusually high demand period.

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Posted 07/27/05 at 07:06 PM  Permalink



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