This weekend’s miserable weekend didn’t quite cause New England to set a new record for electricity production: We maxed out Sunday at 23,917 MW, shy of the weekend record of 24,688 back in 2013, and well short of the all-time high of 28,130 MW on a Wednesday in 2006. (On Saturday, which was almost as hot-and-humid-and-nasty, we hit 23,908 MW.)

The weather this weekend was brutal, so air conditioners must have been maxing out. I’d like to think not-breaking-record reflects improvements in energy efficiency, demand response and behind-the-meter solar since 2013, but it’s hard to say.

One thing for sure: Heat waves like this – and worse! – are going to keep coming, so we need to keep getting ready for them.

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