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NE power supply helped by conservation, efficiency

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A group that promotes power reliability says despite a stronger economy boosting energy use, improved efficiency and conservation should help cut summertime electricity demand in the northeastern United States and several Canadian provinces.

The Northeast Power Coordinating Council says in an annual assessment released on Tuesday that demand is expected to be 0.3 percent lower than the forecast for last summer. Without conservation and efficiency programs, the forecast for electricity use would have been up by 2 percent from last year.

Edward Schwerdt, president of the power coordinating council, said hot, muggy weather and the continuous and heavy use of air conditioning remain the single largest factor affecting peak electricity demand in the summer.

He says the assessment simulated generating plant outages, transmission restrictions and other problems that could jeopardize uninterrupted electricity supply.

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