August 7, 2012 12:04 PM

During a brutal summer, midwest utilities keep the power flowing

July was brutal in the Midwest — 13 days with 100-degree-plus heat, and only two days had highs less than 90 degrees. Such a sweltering stretch typically has utilities issuing urgent pleas for energy conservation and, if customers don’t comply, threats of power cutbacks as demand outstrips supply. But listen to what area utilities are saying.

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