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New York City breaks all-time energy use record


Friday's intense heat and humidity led to New York City setting an all-time peak electric usage record.

Electric usage in New York City and neighboring Westchester County topped out at 13,322 Megawatts (MW) at 5 p.m. EDT Friday, according to Con Edison.

That breaks the previous all-time peak usage record, which was 13,189 MW from July 22, 2011.

It wasn't just hot in the city. New York State broke its energy-use record, as well.

Katie Valentine at Think Progress notes that the use of air conditioning is on the rise as heat waves become more common:

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