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State's electric grid sets record Monday

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid operator for most of Texas, saw a new June record for peak electric demand on Monday, with electric use during the 4-5 pm hour averaging out at 65,047 megawatts (MW).

The previous record for June was 63,102 MW, which occurred on June 17, 2011. ERCOT’s all-time peak demand record occurred on Aug. 3, 2011, when electric use in the ERCOT region topped out at 68,379 MW. One MW is enough to power about 200 homes during peak demand periods, typically hot summer days like this one.

"As temperatures heat up throughout the state, electric use will follow closely," said ERCOT CEO Trip Doggett. "Last year, ERCOT was able to provide reliable electric power through the hottest summer on record. We hope energy users will help again this year by reducing the amount of electricity they use during the hours between 3 and 7 pm."

With temperatures expected to remain hot through much of the week, ERCOT expects to see tight grid conditions continue during the 3-7 pm hours. The forecast for Tuesday, June 26, calls for electric use to exceed 66,000 MW, with the possibility of topping out at more than 67,000 MW.

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06/26/2012 7:24AM
State's electric grid sets record Monday
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