As power demand soars, grid holds up ... so far

NEW YORK (AP) - Electricity demand in the East is soaring to levels not seen since the summer of 2006. The power grid has so far been up to the task.

With temperatures soaring above 100 degrees in several cities, utilities and grid operators saw power loads close in on records set in August 2006. No major outages have been reported, although electricity demand typically jumps between 5 and 6 o'clock.

New Yorkers are expected to push electricity demand to a new record. The operator of the grid that runs from Washington to Chicago, the largest in the U.S., estimated that demand climbed close to the record four years ago.

The heat wave won't break for days. That could pressure the grid further, as more people relent and crank up the air conditioning.

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