Solar eclipse's effect on power demand proved a yawn for utilities

Solar eclipse's effect on power demand proved a yawn for utilitiesBy Ruthy Munoz HOUSTON (Reuters) – Monday’s solar eclipse had no major impact on electricity demand in affected areas of the United States, according to grid operators and utilities, many of which had lined up alternative power supplies. Customers who left their homes and offices to enjoy the celestial display used less power and cooler temperatures in regions of the total eclipse helped lower demand for air conditioning, executives said. PJM Interconnection, which coordinates power among 13 states from Michigan to North Carolina, said power demand declined rather than increased as expected across its territory during the eclipse.



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