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peak load

Pronunciation:   pEk LOd
Definition : The peak load is the maximum amount of energy needed by people in a community.
Facts: Think of the peak load as the amount of electricity a community needs during its busiest times.

Electrical demand starts to increase starting around 6 A.M. The demand is stable until approximately 5 P.M. when there is an increased demand. This is the peak load and it stays very high for several hours until people start going to bed. Then demand drops off sharply to the base load.