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ISO New England requesting voluntary electricity conservation

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HOLYOKE, MA (WSHM) -

With temperatures expected to stay in the '90s throughout the week and demand for power reaching near-record levels, ISO New England, the region's power grid operator, is asking residents to conserve electricity where possible.

ISO officials say there is currently enough supply to meet demand, but that supplies may become tight as extreme temperatures persist.

"As the heat continues to build throughout the week, electricity demand is expected to increase significantly, which is likely to result in tight system conditions," said Vamsi Chadalavada, executive vice president and chief operating officer of ISO New England.

ISO New England recommends reducing electricity use between the hours of 12 p.m. and 8 p.m., raising air conditioner thermostats to between 74 and 78 degrees, turning off lights and appliances when not in use, turning off air conditioners when leaving your home, and waiting to do laundry and other electricity-intensive chores until early morning or late evening hours.

ISO New England officials expects the region's electricity use to reach near record-breaking levels throughout the week, with the highest demand expected on Thursday.

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