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VIRGINIA POWER CUSTOMERS SET FOURTH ALL-TIME DEMAND PEAK

 RICHMOND, Va., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Virginia Power customers have set an all-time peak electricity demand record for the fourth time this summer.
 Demand by Virginia Power's 1.8 million customers reached 13,366 megawatts between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. yesterday, as temperatures climbed to 100 degrees and above in several parts of the company's service area. The previous all-time peak demand of 13,304 megawatts was set Wednesday. In projections made earlier this year, Virginia Power forecast a peak demand of 13,386 megawatts for the summer of 1993.
 Earlier peaks posted this summer were 13,295 megawatts on July 9 and 13,105 megawatts on July 8. Yesterday marked the seventh time this month that customer demand surpassed 13,000 megawatts. Before this summer, the highest all-time peak demand by customers was 12,942 megawatts, set July 14, 1992.
 On Thursday, Virginia Power customers set a new 24-hour total summer energy output record of 262,134 megawatt-hours. The previous summer record of 261,088 megawatt-hours was set July 9.
 Total energy output, measured from midnight to midnight, is a measure of the energy consumed by the company's customers during a 24- hour period. The company's all-time 24-hour total energy output record is 273,566 megawatt-hours, set Dec. 22, 1989.
 With cooler weather forecast for today, demand is expected to peak near 12,000 megawatts.
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 /CONTACT: Charles H. Taylor of Virginia Power, 804-771-6115/


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