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Power Factbox: 1.9 million get power back, 3.9 million still in dark

Houston (Platts)--13 Sep 2017 723 pm EDT/2323 GMT


Utility repair crews restored electricity service to about 1.9 million customers affected by Hurricane Irma and its aftermath in the past 24 hours, cutting the number without power to about 3.9 million as of about 4 pm EDT (2000 GMT) Wednesday, data from utilities and poweroutage.us shows.


OUTAGE STATUS


Florida continues to have the most customers without power, with the total around 3.4 million between 3 and 4 pm EDT Wednesday, compared with about 4.8 million as of 3 pm EDT Tuesday.

Next is Georgia with almost 417,000 offline, down from about 842,000 a day earlier, and the Carolinas with less than 58,000, down from about 184,000. Alabama had fewer than 50 customers without service, compared with about 9,000 as of 3 pm EDT Tuesday.

The top 10 utilities affected by Irma, in terms of customers without service as of 3 pm to 4 pm EDT Wednesday, were as follows:

* Florida Power & Light: 1,910,360, down from 2,698,130 as of 3 pm EDT Tuesday
* Duke Energy Florida: 918,162, down from 1,188,320
* Georgia Power: 304,134, down from 622,243
* Tampa Electric: 181,729, down from 262,395
* Jacksonville Electric Authority: 96,618, down from 145,195
* Clay Electric Cooperative: 69,559, down from 99,831
* SECO Energy: 51,429, down from 98,256
* Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative: 44,467, down from 68,276
* Orlando Utilities Commission: 40,524, down from 74,743
* Duke Energy Carolinas: 39,981, down from 119,160


POWER DEMAND


On Wednesday, power demand for the balancing areas affected by Irma -- the Carolinas, Florida and Southeast -- had a reached a peak of 82.9 GW as of 2 pm EDT, according to US Energy Information Administration data.

This compares with a forecast peak of 83.2 GW expected in the hour ending at 6 pm EDT, and September 13, 2016's peak of 111.4 GW.

As of 2 pm EDT, demand in Florida had reached 29.5 GW, compared with a peak of 25.2 GW forecast for the hour ending 11 am EDT, and September 13, 2016's peak of 36.9 GW.

--Mark Watson, markham.watson@spglobal.com
--Edited by Keiron Greenhalgh, keiron.greenhalgh@spglobal.com

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