NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH)-- The business of running the government of Norwich had to be moved Tuesday, because of the extreme heat.
A broken air conditioning system at town hall made it impossible for workers to do their jobs.
Folks who come to Norwich City hall may be in for a surprise.
No air conditioning on the Mezzanine level of city hall after a rooftop AC unit breaks down. Employees at adult probation had a few choices, do field work out of the office, move to other air conditioned offices, or work through it with only fans to keep clients cool.
"It's miserable, I feel like it's hotter than it is outside but I have to be here or else I get violated," said a client.
The city manager says computers were set up in the chamber for anyone who needs them. Folks at city hall are also heading Norwich Public Utilities' call to conserve. Most lights are being kept off and this AC...
"We're using it to cool three rooms. One air conditioner," said Alan Bergren, City Manger.
NPU says it can handle the electricity use which more than doubles to more than sixty megawatts on a day like this but it put out a Power Alert to save customers money later.
"When the power peak is very high, it sets the capacity charges for the next year. So wholesale energy prices actually go up if we use a lot of electricity on one of these peak days," said Chris LaRose, Norwich Public Utilities.
Hydro electric generators allow NPU to produce electricity, so it can take less from the grid.
This hydro generates about one megawatt of electricity and NPU has four of them here in the city so it really does help offset what is used during peak hours.
NPU also helped fix that AC over at city hall where room 335 was turned into temporary office space.
The city manager says any meeting scheduled for this room has been moved so it does not have to be canceled.
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