EL CENTRO — As Mother Nature turns up the thermostat on Imperial Valley, many residents are turning down theirs, something that led to record electrical demand Monday on the local power grid. A demand for even more juice was expected Tuesday, according to the Imperial Irrigation District.

Energy demand on the IID system reached 1,052 megawatts between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, with power planners anticipating usage in excess of 1,069 megawatts Tuesday and 1,064 megawatts today.

Staff Writer Chris McDaniel can be reached at cmcdaniel@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3440.

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