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Hot Weather Contributes to Scattered Power Outages

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – The oppressively hot weather of recent days has increased the use of air conditioners, and that's putting a strain on the local power system.

Niagara Mohawk has been responding to scattered power outages throughout the region. Unlike most outages, Ni-Mo spokesman Steve Brady says these are highly localized.

"The impact it has is a combination of increased customer demand, plus the very warm external temperatures, is putting a strain on the system," Brady said. "Hardest hit are the pole top transformers. They're built to withstand a lot of abuse. But in a case like this, they can overheat. What we end up with is a fair number of very localized small outages."

Brady says there's seems to be more than enough supply to meet the demand. He says it would be "an enormous help" if customers would adjust the thermostats on their air conditioners by just a few degrees higher.