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New York State Works To Reduce Energy Demand During Heatwave


Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed New York state agencies to conserve electricity to help the state avoid brownouts during the ongoing heatwave.

Officials will turn off unneeded lights and computers and raise thermostats, moves expected to reduce demand by 60 megawatts - enough electricity to power 60,000 homes.

The Democratic governor on Monday says he's also asking residents to help by turning off air conditioners, lights and other appliances when not in use.

The state's peak energy load is expected to reach near-record levels as temperatures climb into the high 80s and 90s throughout the region this week.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.