Georgia Power set a new winter power-use record during the extreme cold this week.
Georgia Power says Tuesday between 7 and 8 a.m. marked a new record for winter peak demand.
The old record was set December 14th, 2010 with more than 15,800 megawatts.
Tuesday's demand smashed that record by nearly 7 percent, with more than 16,800 megawatts.
"They started bringing units that normally don't run all the time online to be able to meet the demand," said Georgia Power Area Manager Jay Smith. "And they were able to bring on enough units certainly to satisfy the whole southern system demand."
Georgia Power said this peak demand shows the need for continued investment in infrastructure and smart grid technology.