New York and Westchester County residents used a record amount of electricity in 2007, the utility that delivers the energy said Monday.
Record Amount of Electricity Used in NY, Westchester in 2007
Consolidated Edison of New York said it delivered 62,591 gigawatt hours last year, breaking the previous record of 61,608 gigawatt hours, set in 2005.
A gigawatt is a rate of energy production equal to 1,000 megawatts. One megawatt can power approximately 1,000 homes.
The utility, which provides electricity, gas and steam to more than 3 million customers in New York and Westchester, attributed the record use to the area's economic growth.
The demand was powered by construction of office buildings and homes and more use of electronics such as flat-screen televisions, games, computers and handheld devices, the utility said.