As Temps Surge in Northeast, Grid Says Power Sufficient

Utilities in the U.S. Northeast expect to have enough power to keep the lights on as homes and businesses crank up air conditioners to escape a heat wave, the region’s power grid operators said on Tuesday.

Temperatures in the biggest U.S. Northeast cities were all expected to reach the 90s Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) this week, the highest so far this summer. Grid operators have asked businesses to reduce demand when possible.

“We expect to have sufficient capacity through the heat wave but we will continue to closely monitor regional electricity supplies,” said Marcia Blomberg, a spokeswoman at ISO New England, which operates the grid for the six New England states.

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