HINGHAM MUNICIPAL LIGHTING PLANT
222 Central Street
Hingham, MA 02043-2745
FAX (781) 749-1396
John G. Tzimorangas
John A. Stoddard, Jr, Chairman
Walter A. Foskett., Secretary
Kevin J. Bulman, Commissioner
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hingham Light experiences Record Electric Demand
Hingham- The Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant has been experiencing load growth. The Derby Street Shoppes, Black Rock Residential Community, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the Lyndon Pond Community are examples of the added need for electricity. The electric system in Hingham has set all-time record for electricity usage by its customers. On Monday, July 17th, the system reached 45.2 Megawatts (MW) and on Tuesday, July 18th, the system reached a peak in electricity usage recording 46.8 MW. These record peaks all broke the previous record peak load of 45.1 MW set back on July 27, 2005. The New England region as a whole, also peaked in electricity usage on July 18, setting an all-time record of 27,344 MW, which broke the previous record of 26,942 MW set on July 27, 2005.
“We are continuing to see the impact of the building and expansion in the Town. The extremely hot and humid weather is also adding to electricity usage and driving the demand to record levels not only in Hingham but throughout the New England region”, said John G. Tzimorangas, General Manager of the Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant. The Light Plant reported only minor heat related outages on July 18th, which involved replacing two transformers and replacing some secondary wire.
The record electrical usage also caused the price of electricity to spike on the three hottest days of the season thus far. “The fuel costs thus far have been relatively stable and lower than last year, but the record demand started driving the prices much higher during these peak periods,” said Tzimorangas. The Light Plant has fixed rate contracts in place, but also purchases energy from the energy market during these peak load days.
During the lightning storm that hit the area on Friday, July 21, the Light Plant did experience scattered outages throughout the Town, but had all customers back in service by 11:00 PM that evening. The fast moving storms left people without power along the entire South Shore for several hours. Hingham Light crews responded to the outages and worked to restore the power in a timely manner.
HMLP serves 10,000 residential and commercial electric customers in the Town of Hingham. HMLP continues to provide low cost, safe, reliable electricity to the residents of Hingham with a high level of service and customer satisfaction.