Electricity usage fluctuates constantly due to weather conditions, commercial and industrial business hours and residential electricity usage. During the summer months, demand is usually greater as electricity is used to cool homes and businesses when it's really hot outside, especially during weekday afternoon hours between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Generally, when we speak of "peak hours," we are referring to the times of highest electricity use over the course of the day.
In general, Peak Events are declared when demand for electricity threatens to outpace supply, which typically can occur during hot summer days. Additionally, these days can be declared if generation facilities are closed for maintenance, transmission lines are damaged, or during periods when the price to purchase added electricity escalates.
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